injecting a powerful buoyancy to the ensemble groove. The tune is Max Steiner's "Tara," from Gone With the Wind (1939), stepping light and easy over spare piano sparkles on a supremely gorgeous opener.
Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere," from West Side Story (1961), cries to life on Mintzer's achingly lovely saxophone notes. The group plays it straight, before pianist Alan Pasqua
, where every note from every player sounded perfect, and the group dynamic seemed impeccable, classy and elegant.
Less familiar, perhaps, are Jerry Goldsmith's "Dr. Kildare" and "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight," from the early to mid-sixties television show, and tunes from two European soundtrack mastersKrzysztof Komeda and Ennio Morriconeinvoking a feeling of pathos for "Rosemary's Baby (Main Theme)," and a mood of awe and wonder for "Cinema Paradiso," respectively.
Peter Erskine and his quartet have made a beautiful, classic CD.
Track Listing: Tara's Theme; Somewhere; Dr. Kildare; Three Stars Will Shine Tonight; Night and Day; Rosemary's Baby; Cinema Paradiso Intro; Cinema Paradiso; I Concentrate on You; For All We Know.
Personnel: Bob Mintzer: tenor saxophone; Alan Pasqua: piano; Darek Oles: bass; Peter Erskine: drums.