178

Tim Armacost: The Wishing Well

Joel Roberts By

Sign in to view read count
Tim Armacost: The Wishing Well A quick look at his bio, and a quick listen to his accomplished new release on Double-Time Records, makes clear that 37-year-old Tim Armacost is no run-of-the-mill tenor saxophonist. A well-travelled, broadly educated New Yorker (via L.A., Washington, Tokyo, Amsterdam and India), Armacost draws heavily on the Coltrane and Rollins legacies, but has enough fresh musical ideas and sheer instrumental muscle to avoid falling into the trap of mere hero worship.

Armacost begins the proceedings here with a lush, leisurely stroll through "Body and Soul," topped off with an extended, unaccompanied solo that recalls both Coleman Hawkins' classic tone and Coltrane's modernism. The album's centerpiece is an audacious and thrilling take on Coltrane's "Crescent" that adroitly straddles the line between the twin virtues of discipline and freedom. Armacost's own compositions range from the beautiful title ballad (originally written for a friend's wedding) to the full-tilt, Latin-tinged hard bop of the closing number, "Special Delivery."

Armacost and his stellar rhythm section - pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Ray Drummond and the great drummer Billy Hart - were captured in the midst of a European tour, and they're all at the top of their games and very much in sync. This is aggressive, daring modern jazz played at a very high level by all involved.

Tim Armacost's Web site

Selections: Body and Soul, Sustenance, Crescent, Black Sand Beach, The Wishing Well, Special Delivery.

Personnel: Tim Armacost, tenor sax; Bruce Barth, piano; Ray Drummond, bass, Billy Hart, drums.

| Record Label: Double-Time Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Signature" CD/LP/Track Review Signature
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 17, 2016
Read "Diachronic Paths" CD/LP/Track Review Diachronic Paths
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 15, 2016
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Shovel Down" CD/LP/Track Review Shovel Down
by Doug Collette
Published: December 18, 2016
Read "Salt Task" CD/LP/Track Review Salt Task
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 15, 2017
Read "Elevenses" CD/LP/Track Review Elevenses
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

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!