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Stephen Roane: Portraits

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This is a sampler, in all senses of the word. In sessions 14 years apart we hear the bassist, in bands from two to six pieces, up front and at the bottom, and displaying a number of styles. Nice tunes, a number of stars, and in all a happy mood. Through these we see Roane, and it’s a pretty picture indeed.

The opener, “Keeping a Secret”, is a drive through downtown. Frank Strozier takes the gentle theme with a confident tone; the piano perks nicely behind him. Frank gets excited on the solo, shooting notes hard with a bit of ...



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