179

Bobby Watson & Horizon: Horizon Reassembled

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Bobby Watson & Horizon: Horizon Reassembled With this reunion, Horizon weaves a cohesive web of sultry serenades that call out softly. Rhythmically adventurous and harmonically complex, they wrap their performance in comfortable tones and pleasant melodies. Front liners Bobby Watson and Terrell Stafford keep the session amiable, as they waft delicate solos fore and aft with fluid motion. Like a ship at sea, the band forms a cohesive unit that sways together with natural affinity.

An underlying love of the blues pervades. As Watson purrs softly on “The Love We Had Yesterday,” you can feel the emotion. This one comes straight from the heart. Reflecting on good memories, he and Stafford bare their souls. This kind of openness lets the listener enter the band’s inner circle. Horizon takes you by the hand and reassures.

The hard rockin’, street boppin’ influence that Art Blakey has had on this band makes itself known as well. Jimmy Heath’s “Ginger Bread Boy” and Victor Lewis’ “Eeeyyess” pierce the fabric of sensuality through Horizon’s passion for straight-ahead moves. Collectively, they usher in elements from jazz’s history, while running confidently with fresh energy.

Latin jazz enters Horizon’s scene through several hot entries. “The Look of Love” is delivered soberly with a genuine frankness. “Dark Days” portrays the sensuality that comes with extended periods of loneliness. There’s plenty of time for reflection, but we’re caught up in a waiting game.

Watson’s “Horizon Reassembled” summarizes the band’s direction, with a cool melodic wave atop its bubbling rhythms. Fast and slow. Cool and hot. Smooth melodies over complex rhythms. It all comes together for a ton of fun and a love for the art of jazz.


Track Listing: Lemoncello; Pere; The Love We Had Yesterday; Ginger Bread Boy; Horizon Reassembled; The Look of Love; Eeeyyess; Permanoon; Dark Days; Dark Days (interlude); Xangongo.

Personnel: Bobby Watson- alto saxophone; Terrell Stafford- trumpet, flugelhorn; Edward Simon- piano; Essiet Essiet- bass; Victor Lewis- drums.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Palmetto Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "The Way You Say It" CD/LP/Track Review The Way You Say It
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 7, 2016
Read "Abbey Road Sessions, Vol 1" CD/LP/Track Review Abbey Road Sessions, Vol 1
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 25, 2016
Read "Juggling Kukla" CD/LP/Track Review Juggling Kukla
by John Sharpe
Published: June 19, 2016
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 30, 2016
Read "Early Americans" CD/LP/Track Review Early Americans
by Ian Patterson
Published: September 22, 2016
Read "The Only Way To Float Free" CD/LP/Track Review The Only Way To Float Free
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 12, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!