Review: Sax legend Coleman has been involved with notable bands throughout his remarkable career.
So when the saxophone giant christens an album The Quartet, those two simple words speak volumes about the esteem in which he holds the musicians that make up his band. Coleman’s latest disc more than backs up that compliment with a captivating session of bristling swing, lively interplay and deep communication.
If You Like: Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
**1/ Paul’s Call (6:27) – piano starts> swinging uptempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> > uptempo jam> mellows to fade
***2/ I Wish You Love (6:05) – piano starts with a crescendo> slow jam> swings uptempo> sax solo>/ sizzling piano solo> uptempo jam> crescendo & slow fade
*3/ Prelude To A Kiss (8:25) – piano starts> midtempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> bass solo> uptempo jam> crescendo end
4/ Lollipops And Roses (6:17) – piano starts> midtempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> drum solo> midtempo jam> quick stop
*5/ East 9th Street Blues (12:05) – sax starts> mellow swinging uptempo jam> soaring sax solo> piano solo> bass solo> sax & drums trade riffs> uptempo jam> crescendo end
**6/ When I Fall In Love (10:59) – sax starts> slow jam> sax solo builds into uptempo jam> piano solo> midtempo jam slows to crescendo & fade
7/ Along Came Betty (5:54) – piano starts> uptempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> drum solo> uptempo jam> crescendo end & a honk
*8/ You’ve Changed (10:18) – sax solo starts> slow jam> sax solo builds to midtempo jam> piano solo> drops to slow jam> slow fade
*9/ Triste (6:57) – sax starts> mellow uptempo bossa nova jam> sax solo> uptempo jam with drum fills> quick stop