Quite often it's not so much the music itself that compels you to sit and listen but the feeling the music stirs within. You begin to recall moments from the past that have made you feel of a certain place and time when things were just a bit more either out there or, as in the case of tenor/soprano saxophonist Dan Wilkins debut Horizons Quartet in a bit more safer, steadier space.
That's not to imply that the eight Wilkins' fueled compositions are going to lull you into somnolence or indifference. Just the contrary. These loose limbed compositions provide just enough kick, just enough engaging twists in logic and design, to keep you on your toes and following the music to its intended place.
Wilkins' tone may not be particularly fire breathing or definable at this young stage in his evolution but it's highly listenable and conversant. His soprano, a cool mix of old and new, lends lyrical aplomb to Collins' classic Rhodes on "The Blade's Proposition" and energetically darts between his bandmates on "Benediction of the Moon." Perla, who at 81 can still run rings around the competition and whose label, PM Records, has released this album, provides boundless bop and bounce, laying back or taking charge as the call comes in. So too Landham, whether flexing his considerable muscle on the opener or shading whisper and light on "Billow" or the closing "Kindling of the Phoenix." Horizons Quartet has something for everyone.
Sprialing; The Blade's Proposition; Marionettes; Benediction of the Moon; Billows; Get the Point;
Gaia's Blessing; Kindling of the Phoenix.