, Walt Weiskopf is first and foremost a prolific solo artist. With over 15 critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, Walt is not one to rest on laurels collected over the course of years, playing alongside legends such as Buddy Rich
voices on the saxophone, Weiskopf's tenor sounds uniquely vocal, almost wailing, and capable of burning a hole in the side of an armored truck. Like Coltrane, Weiskopf boasts virtuosic command of the instrument as evidenced in his complex, flurried, and gimmick-free solos.
That Weiskopf is a saxophonist's saxophonist is evidenced by recording his first live album at the bi-annual North American Saxophone Alliance convention. Playing to a crowd that's not easily impressed, the quartet packs its punch, courtesy of Weiskopf's stellar compositions and arrangements bolstered by the backing of a world-class rhythm section. Due to the untimely passing of the quartet's brilliant drummer, Tony Reedus
album. However, once the melody ends, the no-nonsense, straight-ahead burning begins. The medley, consisting of Rosens' "Dizzy Spells" and Weiskopf's "Jay Walking," explores beatific melodic terrain atop the chord progression of the jazz standard "Con Alma." The group stretches even further with "Scottish Folk Song," with its shades of the distinctive folk-jazz heard on seminal European record label ECM. These original tunes, combined with a few standards, lead to an album that is a delicious concoction of blowing session and compelling compositional showcase.
Track Listing: Man of Many Colors;
Little Minor Love Song;
Dizzy Spells / Jay-Walking;
Blues in the Day;
Scottish Folk Song;
Blame It on My Youth;
Love for Sale;
Personnel: Walt Weiskof: tenor saxophone;
Renee Rosnes: piano;
Paul Gill: bass;
Tony Reedus: drums.