197

Michael Brecker: Time Is Of The Essence

By

Sign in to view read count
Whether you’re selling beans or CD’s, it’s nice to have a “hook.” Having dynamo drummers Elvin Jones, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and Bill Stewart on board certainly provide Time Is Of The Essence with abundant star power. Adding superstar guitarist Pat Metheny and B-3 master Larry Goldings further enhances the package. No doubt the cast is first-rate, but do they deliver? Are you kidding, these guys are pros! Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker gives each drummer 3 tracks each, while Metheny and Goldings are a constant throughout. Jones, Watts and Stewart all have different styles and provide Brecker and crew with a variety of rhythms to work out on. Elvin’s predictably intense, Jeff provides bopish swing, Bill lays down the funk. Although the focus may be on the timekeepers, it’s Goldings’ crafty organ work that really anchors this session. His solid comping provides the foundation on which Metheny and Brecker build their dazzling improvisations. Over the past couple of years Michael Brecker has definitely found his groove. Time Is Of The Essence proves, again, that this former pop/funkster is a serious artist and a force to be reckoned with. (####)

| Record Label: Verve Music Group | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read "Spirit Forward" CD/LP/Track Review Spirit Forward
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 13, 2016
Read "Two Steps from the Blues" CD/LP/Track Review Two Steps from the Blues
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 18, 2016
Read "Young" CD/LP/Track Review Young
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 25, 2016
Read "Rumba Con Flores" CD/LP/Track Review Rumba Con Flores
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: March 15, 2016
Read "Here’s to You..." CD/LP/Track Review Here’s to You...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!