Lonnie Plaxico: Melange
Tunes like the title track and “T.O.P.” offer a new take on the polyrhythmic groove that Steve Coleman brought to the fore in the ‘80s, that lineage also including Dave Holland (and his subsequent ensembles following Coleman’s tenure with Holland’s band). Then a bit of Latin fire comes our way with “Paella,” not to be outdone by the sanctified spirit of “Sunday Morning” or a tip of the hat to a jazz legend via “Miles II.”
Three supporting talents also make appearances worthy of notice. Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt seems to be a rising star in the mold of Nicholas Payton, with a bold and vibrant sound. And equally impressive are Tim Ries (who creates great interest with his rough-and tumble approach) and George Colligan (coming into his own as an exciting new voice on the Hammond B3).
Track Listing: Squib Cakes, Melange, Darkness, Short Takes, Miles II, Paella, Sunday Morning, Beloved, T.O.P., Patois, Windy City
Personnel: Jeremy Pelt - trumpet; Lew Soloff - trumpet; Marcus Strickland - tenor saxophone; Tim Ries - tenor and soprano saxophones; George Colligan - keyboards; Helen Sung - keyboards; Lionel Cordew - drums; Jeffrey Haynes - percussion
Record Label: Blue Note Records