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by Jack Bowers
It’s hard to believe that 17 years have passed since Steve Wright’s well–endowed big band recorded Take Two (although a glance at the disc’s playing time serves as a conspicuous reminder). Time certainly hasn’t dimmed its luster, nor have the passing years conspired to make Wright’s consistently inventive compositions (eight of the ten are his) sound dated or any less appealing. While solos are consistently sharp, the emphasis is on enterprising ensemble passages, and no song overstays its welcome. The ...read more