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Greg Tardy’s third release as a leader drives the mainstream highways with both a classic quartet and quintet format. Two-thirds of the album is original material that the saxophonist personalizes with an impressionistic touch. Working with Elvin Jones from 1993-95 has left a driving, forceful influence with Tardy; yet his heart moves him to other places as well.
Composed for a friend, pianist James Hurt, "Mr. Hurt" is built on the chord changes to "What Is This Thing Called Love," but results in a funky, Bo Diddley kind of party mood. "Second Wave" moves rapidly; both busy and light. It’s a dedication to his niece and his sister – an image the artist has placed "on canvas" to explain his feelings. Qualifying as a leading member of the generation following those 1990s "young lions," Tardy already has his own voice and is on track to help write the next chapter in jazz history.
Track Listing: The Hidden Light; The Living Hope; Beyond The Prison Doors (Venus Flytrap); Mr. Hurt; They Say It
Personnel: Gregory Tardy- tenor saxophone; Nicholas Payton- trumpet on "The Living Hope" and "Educated Freedom," flugelhorn on "The Hidden Light;" Antonio Hart- alto saxophone on "Second Wave;" George Colligan, Xavier Davis- piano; Sean Conly- bass; Eric Harland- drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.