Pianist Pamela Hines puts her quartet through a powerfully driven modern mainstream session on Twilight World, which also includes searing ballads and heartfelt blues. With tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, she interprets a program of pert originals and other fresh themes.
Marian McPartland's "Twilight World" serves as the album's centerpiece, with its flowing melody and light Latin beat. The pianist provides a strong foundation for Bergonzi's articulate tenor, applying sparkling counterpoint that flows naturally. Her solo interludes give each selection an uplifting quality that celebrates the magic that makes jazz so special. She includes spontaneity in her keyboard actions, fuses her ensemble with a seamless quality, and contributes dazzling displays of lively music. She and Bergonzi share a love of the creative forces that can be unleashed through modern jazz. Remarkably, their work stands out as both fresh and original.
In an apparent tribute to Red Holloway, Bergonzi joins tenor saxophonist Miles Donohue on "Red's Blues" with feelings that run deep. They steer the ensemble through laid-back motions that stroll easily on sensual feet. There's a loose rhythm in the blues that simply cannot be ignored.
The session's Latin numbers provide a different kind of energy that seems to pump up the band every time. They drive forcefully and interact cohesively to produce a festive affair. Hines' session has a lot to offer, and every bit of her quartet's thrilling performance derives from the heart of jazz's modern mainstream.
Track Listing: Continuation; Outhouse; Traces; Windprint; Red's Blues; Guataca City; Twilight World; Con Brio; El Cura
Personnel: Personnel: Pamela Hines- piano; Jerry Bergonzi- tenor saxophone; David Hines- fretless electric bass; John Lockwood- acoustic bass; Reed Deiffenbach- drums; Miles Donohue- tenor saxophone (2, 5) on "Outhouse" and "Red's Blues;" April Hall- vocals on "Traces."
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.