Scott Colley: Initial Wisdom (2002)
The first three pieces are comprised of loosely organized funk and swaggering swing grooves amid a few uneventful, extended note choruses by Coltrane, who performs on tenor and soprano saxophones throughout. In some instances the saxophonist seems as though he is running on autopilot, while Rogers offers some redemption thanks to a few superbly constructed electric guitar solos. They revisit the loping pace witnessed earlier on the recording during “Trouble In Paradise,” although the distinction here resides within Coltrane and Roger’s engagingly memorable unison lines. Stewart kicks up a storm on “Barracuda,” but three or four solid works cannot salvage the majority of this mildly disappointing effort – especially when viewed in its entirety.
Track Listing: The Susser Scorpios Far Rockaway Alpha Trip Trouble In Paradise Barracudas Eccentric Circles Rubber Clock
Personnel: Ravi Coltrane: tenor & soprano sax - Adam Rogers: guitars - Scott Colley: acoustic bass - Bill Stewart: drums
Record Label: Palmetto Records