Renee Rosnes: With a Little Help From My Friends
In a trio setting, we hear groupings with Buster Williams and Billy Drummond and with Scott Colley and Drummond (who also happens to be married to Rosnes). Larger ensembles include a trio “with strings,” plus quartets with saxophonists Joe Henderson, Walt Weiskopf, Chris Potter, and Branford Marsalis. Guests such as vocalist Dianne Reeves (“Lazy Afternoon”) and Wayne Shorter (“Diana”) are also assets to this very attractive collection. Of the four ringers thrown in that have remained previously unreleased up to now, the best of the lot is a live version of Alec Wilder’s “The Sounds Around the House,” complete with tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf’s serene and heartfelt contributions.
While your average run-of-the mill compilation usually falls short in surmising the contributions of complex artists, this one presents Rosnes as a multitalented musician and novices need look no further for a better introduction. In addition, the added material will provide enticement for those who might already have covered their bases.
Track Listing: Summer Nights, I
Personnel: Renee Rosnes (piano); Joe Henderson, Walt Weiskopf, Branford Marsalis (tenor sax); Chris Potter (tenor sax, soprano sax & bass clarinet); Wayne Shorter, Steve Wilson (soprano sax); Ira Coleman, Buster Williams, Peter Washington, Scott Colley, Ron Carter, Christian McBride (bass); Billy Drummond, Al Foster, Lewis Nash, Jack DeJohnette (drums); Don Alias(percussion)
Record Label: Blue Note Records