Resplendent arrangements and artful soloists are in abundance on Tim Mayer's Resilience. For this, the Boston-based tenor saxophonist's debut recording under his own name, Mayer manages to bridge the gap between the often opposing forces of stability and variety, as he builds each tune around the same core quartet while using an ever-changing list of guests as front line partners and featured soloists.
While the quartet functions as a stand-alone entity on a delicious ballad that seems to be built in the image of Ben Webster
's Jazz Messengers which, with half of the pieces on the album having been written by former Messengers or Blakey associates, is clearly intentional; but this band is no knock-off. Thankfully, Mayer prefers allusion to direct imitation, which helps to make Resilience a resounding success.
Track Listing: For Miles; Escapade; Emperor March; I Guess I'll Hand My Tears Out To Dry; Fire & Ice; Dance Of The Infidels; Who Knew?; Blue Lace; Work; Klimo.
Personnel: Tim Mayer: tenor saxophone; George Cables: piano; Dezron Douglas: bass; Will Jones III: drums; Claudio Roditi: rotary trumpet (8); Greg Gisbert: trumpet (2, 3); Dominick Farinacci: trumpet (10); Michael Dease: alto trombone, tenor trombone (1-3, 5, 6, 8, 10); Robert Edwards: bass trombone (7, 9); Mark Whitfield: guitar (7, 9); Don Braden: flute (3); Robert Foster: alto flute (3); Michael Thomas: clarinet (3).