Live Music.. To my mind, this is the first club-date live recording captured by Naxos Jazz. Tenor saxophonist Martin Krusche made a pilgrimage to New Orleans to cut a live set at the famous Snug Harbor with some of New Orleans' own, most notably, Nicholas Payton. Mostly an original composition recital, Friendship Pagoda is an amiable collection of Post Bop, played by an empathetic group of musicians who obviously enjoyed their interaction. From the angular anxiety of "Phoenix" to the ballad musing of Stray's "Chelsea Bridge", Friendship Pagoda delivers a solid look at an emerging tenor talent. Krusche's tone and attack betrays a broad experience that draws from most all of the non-Coltrane influenced tenorists. Listen closely and one can hear bits and snatches of Getz, Sims, and Webster. And, of course, Sonny Rollins. Friendship Pagoda is another satisfying new jazz release from Naxos Jazz.
Track Listing: Phoenix; southern Belles; Chelsea Bridge; I'd Like To Sing; Bad Breakfast; Fatima; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes. (Total Time: 71:49)
Personnel: Martin Krusche: Tenor Saxophone; Nicholas Payton: Trumpet; Victor Atkins: Piano; David Pulphus: Bass; Geoff Clapp: Drums.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.