Craig Wuepper: The Returnsman
For his first trip to the studio, Wuepper has engaged the services of some young lions of jazz (some of whose manes are getting a little longer). With a generous 72 minutes of playing time allotted by Double Time, each has plenty of time to stretch out. One of the more intriguing offerings is "Fried Pies" that has as its dominant themes a bagpipe's rhum, rhum, rhum one hears in a Scottish march against which Wuepper drives his drums. The tenor of Eric Alexander, the alto of Mike Dirubbo, along with Ryan Kisor on trumpet are a swinging front line. Any album on which the piano of Mike LeDonne appears is by definition made better.
This is solid, strong bop and post bop and is recommended.
Track Listing: New Scene*; The Returnsman*; The Jitterbug Waltz#; We'll Be Together Again; Savoy Song*; Clear the Way#; Fried Pies#; Zingaro#; The Best Thing for You*
Personnel: Craig Wuepper - Drums; Eric Alexander - Tenor Saxophone; Mike Dirubbo-Alto Sax*; Ryan Kisor# - Trumpet; Mike LeDonne - Piano; John Webber - Bass
Record Label: Double-Time Jazz