Sherman Ferguson: Sherman Ferguson's Jazz Union (2002)
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This recording has a unique make-up, instrumentally speaking, and it works beautifully. There is an other worldly feel to the tunes that give it a etheral sense. Sherman Ferguson conducts a seminar in the art of percussion on this disc, and as leader has his say in matters. His presence is felt throughout and it adds immeasurably to the ensemble's overall message. Trevor Ware is a Bassist that knows his instrument and it certainly pays off in the surrealistic approach of this group.
Carl Randall and Louis Van Taylor engage in some beautiful unison work in "Call It Whatchawanna" and "Monk He See, Monk He Do" Strayhorn's "Lush Life" is a trip into a world weary existence. The Bass Clarinet shows the way with the perfect sonancy for this beautiful but sad piece.
"Spirit Of Higgins" is an ode to the late Drummer. It opens with the Bass in a Spanish mood and quickly evolves into a fine tribute to Billy Higgins by all the instrumentalists.
This CD is a mood piece that one can enjoy in a reflective mood or simply listen to for its musical value, of which there is a bountiful supply.
Track Listing: Mixed Nuts, Call It Whatchawanna, Lester Left Town, Black, Brown And Beautiful, Monk He See, Monk He Do, Lush Life, Philly Joe (Drum Solo) Jughead's Hat, Spirit Of Higgins.
Personnel: Sherman Ferguson..Drums-Percussion
Louis Van Taylor..Soprano / Tenor Saxes / Bass Clarinet
Carl Randall..Tenor Sax
Trevor Ware ..Bass