Garrison Fewell Quintet: City of Dreams
Fewell's quintet, assembled pretty much on-the-spot for this recording, have a remarkably intuitive sense of cohesion. They take these tunesfive Fewell originals and three standardsand glide effortlessly from heads to solos and back. The moods vary from the tender lyricism of "Soul Eyes," to the off-kilter Eastern sway of "Afternoon at the Souk," to the cocky strut of "Blues for No Reason." In every situation, pianist George Cables works with the guitarist to help define the group's harmony without crowding out the middle ground. Saxophonist Tino Tracanna delivers solos which craftily embody themes within a shifting cascade of sound. Drummer Jeff Williams can lay back and swing, maintain a delicate simmering bossa nova, or leap in and spur the group onward with a few well-placed hits. But this quintet recording is all about the group sound, connecting the dots, and allowing intuition to guide the flow. Smooth indeed. And that's a good thing.
Track Listing: City of Dreams; Girl with the Groovy Hips; Naima; Blues for No Reason; Afternoon at the Souk; Soul Eyes; Waltz for the Lonely One; Theme for Doris.
Personnel: Garrison Fewell: guitar; Tino Tracanna: soprano and tenor saxophone; George Cables: piano; Steve LaSpina: bass; Jeff Williams: drums.
Record Label: Splasc(H) Records