Lonnie Plaxico: Melange
As was the case with Emergence, Plaxico begins to repeat himself as the record wears on. And the opening cover of "Squib Cakes," by Tower of Power, seems insubstantial next to the original material. That said, the improvisation is often hair-raising, and the ballads, "Darkness" and "Beloved," are effective changes of pace. On the flip side, the speed-funk finale, "Windy City," is a blast.
Track Listing: 1. Squib Cakes 2. Melange 3. Darkness 4. Short Takes 5. Miles II 6. Paella 7. Sunday Morning 8. Beloved 9. T.O.P. 10. Patois 11. Windy City
Personnel: Lonnie Plaxico, bass; Lew Soloff, trumpet (1-5); Jeremy Pelt, trumpet (6-11); Tim Ries, saxophone (1-5); Marcus Strickland, saxophone (6-11); George Colligan, piano, keyboards (except 5); Helen Sung, piano, keyboards (2, 5, 6); Lionel Cordew, drums; Jeffrey Haynes, percussion
Record Label: Blue Note Records