All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

123

M.T.B.: Consenting Adults

C. Andrew Hovan By

Sign in to view read count
One has to wonder why it took over five years for this 1994 recording to make its debut. Certainly the quality is up to Criss Cross standards and the spirit of the session is unquestionably robust. Still, now that Brad Mehldau, Mark Turner, and Peter Bernstein (the first letters of their last names gives us M.T.B.) have become more established artists, this peek at an earlier effort is sure to initiate some lively discussion. In the cases of Turner and Bernstein their performances seem pretty much true to form. However, Mehldau sounds so strong with this expanded line-up that one longs to hear him shed “the trio thing” he seems so hell bent on driving into the ground these days.

Consenting Adults seems like an apt title for this date as its material and performance values suggest a maturity level beyond the norm. Take the opening “Belief,” which starts out with some Charleston off beats before leading into a Messengers-type shuffle. It’s a tricky line that doesn’t even seem to raise an eyelash. The same goes for a blistering take of “From This Moment On,” its tempo nailed down with quartz-like precision by Leon Parker. Among many attractive arrangements, Wayne Shorter’s “Limbo” is so reworked as to the point of almost being an entirely new piece.

Can too much be spoken and written about Mark Turner? He plays with such warmth and authority and that comes through most noticeably here on a hushed piano and tenor reading of Horace Silvers’ “Peace.” Drummer Leon Parker, like Turner, is also very much his own man. In fact, this would be a much different record had someone else been in the drum chair; not necessarily a better record, just a different one. Parker’s very dry cymbal beat and minimalist drum kit contributes to his idiosyncratic approach.

Sometimes “better late than never” really fits the bill and in the case of Consenting Adults we might add that “good things come to those who wait.”


Track Listing: Belief, Little Melonae I, Phantasm, Afterglow, Limbo, Consenting Adults, From This Moment On, Peace, Little Melonae II (65:03)

Personnel: Brad Mehldau- piano, Mark Turner- tenor saxophone, Peter Bernstein- guitar, Larry Grenadier- bass, Leon Parker- drums

Title: Consenting Adults | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Criss Cross

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Always Forward CD/LP/Track Review
Always Forward
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Music of Richard Whiting CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Richard Whiting
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Barefoot Dances and Other Visions CD/LP/Track Review
Barefoot Dances and Other Visions
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor CD/LP/Track Review
Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker CD/LP/Track Review
Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966! CD/LP/Track Review
The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!
by Richard J Salvucci
Published: November 15, 2018
Read "Come Together" CD/LP/Track Review Come Together
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 30, 2018
Read "Ritual" CD/LP/Track Review Ritual
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: January 25, 2018
Read "Wild Is The Wind" CD/LP/Track Review Wild Is The Wind
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 21, 2018
Read "Daddy Said So" CD/LP/Track Review Daddy Said So
by Jim Worsley
Published: March 2, 2018
Read "Tramontana" CD/LP/Track Review Tramontana
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: July 4, 2018
Read "Ran Do" CD/LP/Track Review Ran Do
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 5, 2018