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Bassist Paul Gabrielson projects a big sound that paints haunting washes—dark grey in color—on the low end of the rhythm, not with fat individual notes, but with a vibrant and encompassing deep gravity sound. Pianist Marc Seales I picked up on last. His touch is light yet orchestral—there's that word again—and lush and full. I'd mention a similarity to McCoy Tyner if he were a tad more percussive.
The compositions—seven out of the ten are Korn's—it together almost like a suite, starting with "Hymn," a fittingly reverent beginning of cooly harmonizing saxophones; rolling through Ron Carter's somber "O.K."; and on into the delicate harmonies of Korn's "Little Bird."
Points in Time is almost a suite until you get to the closer, "Theme Song from the Sit-Com of the Same Name," that sounds like a late sixties Motown session band kicking out the jams, a surpisingly gregarious close to a mostly introspective—and beautifully so—set.
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Track Listing: Hymn, Helio, Tangents, O.K., Points in Time, Little Bird, Baraka, Beacons, Theme Song from the Sit-Com of the Same Name
Personnel: Mark Taylor--alto, tenor, soprano saxes; Rob Davis--tenor and soprano saxes; Marc Seales--piano; Paul Gabrielson--bass; Steve Korn--drums
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