All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

258

Dana Hall: Into The Light

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
Chicago-based drummer Dana Hall makes his debut as a leader with Into the Light, a provocative quintet recording featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, saxophonist Tim Warfield, Jr., pianist Bruce Barth, and bassist Rodney Whitaker.

Herbie Hancock's "I Have a Dream" opens the session with an explosive punch. Hall's uncompromising intensity makes clear exactly who is leading the date. Along with Barth's punchy Fender Rhodes comping, the drummer steers the tune through an unpredictable course of shifting grooves with dynamic intensity. Six of the disc's nine tracks are Hall originals and reflect a commitment to strong melodic statements layered on top of well structured harmonic forms. From the hard driving, soulful swing of "Conversion Song" to the breezy waltz of "Orchids" to the techno-inspired groove of the title track, Hall proves himself a capable composer, informed by an array of stylistic influence.

Stafford, Warfield, and Barth take full advantage of this musician-friendly style of writing and deliver robust solos with sparks of jaw-dropping creativity. Stand-out moments—and there are many—include Stafford's slow build on the modal-based "Black Mountain," Barth's elegant swinging on "The Path of Love," and the bombastic interplay between Warfield and Hall on the spirited "Jabali."

Whitaker is characteristically consistent throughout, establishing a solid foundation and soloing exceptionally, especially on his own colorful composition, "For Rockelle." The level of compatibility exhibited by Whitaker and Hall is incomparable and elevates the outing to the category of first-rate.

Into the Light is a strong debut for Hall, sure to illuminate his multi-faceted strengths and driving spirit.

Track Listing: I Have a Dream; Conversion Song; Orchids; Into the Light; Black Mountain; The Path to Love; Jabali; For Rockelle; Tin Soldier.

Personnel: Dana Hall: drums; Terell Stafford: trumpet; Tim Warfield, Jr.: saxophone; Bruce Barth: piano; Rodney Whitaker: acoustic bass.

Title: Into The Light | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Origin Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Love + Time + Divination CD/LP/Track Review
Love + Time + Divination
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2018
Read Gleb Kolyadin CD/LP/Track Review
Gleb Kolyadin
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 22, 2018
Read NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil// CD/LP/Track Review
NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: February 22, 2018
Read 25th Anniversary Project CD/LP/Track Review
25th Anniversary Project
by Geannine Reid
Published: February 22, 2018
Read SuperClusters CD/LP/Track Review
SuperClusters
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 21, 2018
Read Your Queen Is A Reptile CD/LP/Track Review
Your Queen Is A Reptile
by Chris May
Published: February 21, 2018
Read "Nattens Skogar – version for four players" CD/LP/Track Review Nattens Skogar – version for four players
by John Eyles
Published: December 1, 2017
Read "Presence" CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Geannine Reid
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "Man No Longer Me" CD/LP/Track Review Man No Longer Me
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 2, 2017
Read "Man No Longer Me" CD/LP/Track Review Man No Longer Me
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 27, 2017
Read "While We Still Have Bodies" CD/LP/Track Review While We Still Have Bodies
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 14, 2018
Read "Strykin’ Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Strykin’ Ahead
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 30, 2017