197

Pete Mills: Art and Architecture

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
It's nice to hear a mainstream set hit the ground running like this. Saxophonist Pete Mills opens his Art and Architecture with the frictionless propulsion of "Dot Com," a tune that zips forward on the rhythm section momentum of a sleek monorail riding a cushion of magnetism, on a workout that lets you know that straight ahead jazz is alive and well, juiced up even, in the hands of a younger generation.

This is only Mills' second CD as a leader, but he sounds as though he's been playing for forty years. The late Joe Henderson keeps coming to mind as I listen to this one. On up-tempo originals like "Dot Com" and "Spin Dri," Mills' articulation and smooth flow of continuously fresh ideas feels very Henderson-like, with a tone that's not quite as sweet, with a little more tang in the sound. Indeed, Mills' closer here, Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan," is the same song with which Henderson opened his marvelous Lush Life (Verve, '92); and both players treat the melody with a nimble and delicate affection, just sax and bass.

Mills also covers Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," an achingly beautiful tune done wonderful justice by Mills and the band. In addition, the saxophonist tackles Monk on "In Walked Bud," with just bass and drums behind him, in a loose atmosphere that Mills handles with aplomb.

Mills' originals—seven of the ten tunes here—are all strong, including the zesty "Pumpkin Shoes" and the funk groove "Clubfoot"; but I've got to single out "Seven Shades of Blue," a cool-flowing bossa nova with adroit accoustic guitar accompaniment by Peter McCann. The style fits Pete Mills' sound the way it fit Stan Getz's; and I'm going to guess there's a full-on bossa nova CD in Mills' future.

An outstanding set of mainstream sounds—sax and rhythm section perfection.

Track Listing: Dot Com, Seven Shades of Blue, In Walked Bud, Spin Dri, Chelsea Bridge, April Tune, Pumpkin Shoes, Remembrances, Clubfoot, Isfahan

Personnel: Pete Mills--tenor saxophone; Pete McCann--guitar; Bobby Floyd--piano; Dennis Irwin--bass; Matt Wilson--drums

Title: Art and Architecture | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Unknown label

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Eddie

Eddie

Pete Mills
Fresh Spin

Album Reviews
We Travel the Spaceways
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Sweet Shadow

Sweet Shadow

Cellar Live
2014

buy
Fresh Spin

Fresh Spin

Summit/Chicken Coup
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read Trion Album Reviews
Trion
By Dan McClenaghan
April 22, 2019
Read LE10 18-05 Album Reviews
LE10 18-05
By Jakob Baekgaard
April 22, 2019
Read After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane Album Reviews
After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane
By Jakob Baekgaard
April 21, 2019
Read Cadillac Turns Album Reviews
Cadillac Turns
By Troy Dostert
April 21, 2019
Read A Pride Of Lions Album Reviews
A Pride Of Lions
By John Sharpe
April 21, 2019
Read Sunburst Finish Album Reviews
Sunburst Finish
By Glenn Astarita
April 21, 2019
Read This Should Be Fun Album Reviews
This Should Be Fun
By David A. Orthmann
April 20, 2019