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: 1) Phoenix 2) Southern Belles 3) Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn) 4) I
Personnel: Martin Krusche; Tenor Sax: Nicholas Payton; Trumpet: Victor Atkins; Piano: David Pulphus; Bass: Geoff Clapp; Drums