Metta Quintet / Going to Meet the Man
Album: Going to Meet the Man   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Metta Quintet   Added:Apr 2002
Label:Koch Records  

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 26, 2002: Umami Jazz Program
Question and the Smile
3. Jun 14, 2002: Memory Select
Previous Condition
2. Jul 05, 2002: Memory Select
Going to Meet the Man

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2002-08-13
Mainstream jazz in a contemporary bop motif. Each track is an instrumental soundtrack to a James Baldwin story, written by hot young composers such as Brad Mehldau (who does not appear on this CD).

Musically unremarkable, although there's some good, rich jazz playing here that doesn't get too commercially cheesy.

The "Metta Quintet" itself isn't a band per se, but some loosely defined concept from JazzReach, an educational organization. The liner notes promise we'll hear more from them/it. By the way, the name Metta is a Pali word meaning "loving kindness."

*1- Mid/fast with tangly, throaty composing
2- Slow, lush
*3- Uptempo, w/soprano sax
4- Corny intro but a good strong middle section. Ends with a nice slow sax
6- Slow mellow swing
*7- Midtempo: Low piano riff and B3 organ
8- Slow, lush, grand

Track Listing
1. Previous Condition   5. Sonny's Blues
2. Question and the Smile   6. Going to Meet the Man
3. The Outing   7. Out the Wilderness
4. Chico and Harriett ...   8. The Rockpile