Mulgrew Miller has always been a hidden treasure. He has recorded as a sideman much more than as a leader and in both cases done so at the top of his form. Considered part of the "lost generation" of jazz musicians who came of age between Miles Davis? second great quintet and heyday of Fusion, Miller has never the less excelled and established himself a place in jazz that is both unique and vital.
is Miller's reassembly of his band Wingspan and his debut on the MAXJAZZ label for their Piano Series. The recording contains eight new Miller originals with "Dreamsville" and "It Never Entered My Mind" included on the standards end. The music swings with a wholesome, well-behaved lilt. The solos are all informative and the band composition perfect. Duane Eubanks (brother of Kevin and Robin) provides an absolutely beautiful open-bell trumpet tone, while Steve Wilson's reeds are sensitive and rhythmic. Steve Nelson provides the vibe for the band, performing with an anti-Milt Jackson tone that is entirely his own.
Miller's composing has only improved over the past years, providing his muse with intelligent power tempered by a soft touch. Nothing smokes here or even simmers. The music is cooly refreshing like a chilled soup - wonderful. The Sequel is a beautifully conceived recording that is a must for all Mulgrew fans.
Track Listing: Go East Young Man; The Sequel; Elation; Holding Hands; Know Wonder;
Dreamsville; Spectrum; It Never Entered My Mind; Just A Notion; Samba D?
Blue. (Total Time: 67:07).
Personnel: Mulgrew Miller: Piano; Steve Nelson: Vibraphone; Steve
Wilson: Saxophones; Duane Eubanks: Trumpet; Richie Goods: Bass;
Karriem Riggins: Drums.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!