Tim Ries Septet: Alternate Side
Organ and guitar give the septet a contemporary sound. The horns blend with an overly consonant mixture that cries out for variety. Everyone solos at some point in the program, creating punctuation for Ries' format. The Rolling Stones' "Moonlight Mile" stands apart as a beautiful ballad, while "What is this Thing Called Love" sashays pertly with unexpected pleasures. The leader's originals weave exotic themes with tension and release patterns. The counterpoint presents a mood, while each soloist supplies a matching interpretation. Ries has already proven that he's a superb saxophonist, and he wears that hat proudly on this session. His latest album presents another side of the artist: his suite-like modern mainstream compositional style, which earns him high marks.
Track Listing: The Sinner and the Saint; What is this Thing Called Love; Copake; 4637; A Simpler Time; Hart's Beat; Alternate Blues; Moonlight Mile.
Personnel: Tim Ries- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Greg Gisbert- trumpet, flugelhorn; Michael Davis- trombone; Ben Monder- guitar; Larry Goldings- piano, Hammond B3 organ; John Patitucci- bass; Billy Drummond- drums; Stacey Shames- harp on "Copake" and "Hart's Beat."
Record Label: Criss Cross