Will Calhoun: Live at the Blue Note (2002)
Calhoun wrote most of the music, but Stafford, Evans, and Benitez also contributed arrangements. The tunes serve as worthy points of departure with the backgrounds of particular interest. Rhythm is Calhoun's main message, and he delivers it in a variety of flavors. His drum technique and time, reminiscent of later Tony Williams, are solid. He plays interesting rhythms, and he plays them well, but his soloing and accompanying are predictable and lick-bound at times. Unlike many other young drummers he does not overplay or indulge in pointless marathon solos.
The energy level is there with all participants bringing their 'A' games.
Track Listing: Dorita Minority Umoja Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum Dawn of the Great Eastern Sun Africa's Afternoon Drum Hymn for Ana Marie Shorter Dolphin Dance
Personnel: Will Calhoun - drums, percussion. Bobby Watson - alto, tenor. Terrell Stafford - trumpet. Orrin Evans - piano, keyboard. John Benitez - bass, electric bass.
Record Label: Half Note Records