Indeed, Quinerly shines as a drummer who supports; luckily, he has top notch musicians to inspire him. Tenor Saxophonist Tim Warfield is one of the most underrated saxophonist of our time. (Warfield, in addition to being well documented as a sideman with Christian McBride and Nicolas Payton, has made a bunch of great CDs for the Criss Cross label.)Guitarist Mike Moreno is an up and comer, and really shines on "Live from The Last Row", a flowing bossa (the opening riff reminds me of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed."), which is quite lyrical and harmonically astute.
Every time I hear Gerald Clayton, I'm more and more impressed; this young pianist is quickly becoming one of the most in demand sidemen in jazz, and it's perfectly evident throughout the CD; check out his solo on an uptempo version of "I'm Old Fashioned"; he's got the speed, but most importantly, he's got the rhythm, a beautiful consistent tone, and he also knows how to develop ideas. Vicente Archer is one of my favorite bass players, and he also supports well here; on "Fenster", Archer lays down a relentless groove which Quinerly solos over quite inventively.
There are some vocal surprises on this date: Quinerly presents a spoken word explanation of exactly
|Enoch Smith Jr.|
Ever since I met Sarah Elizabeth Charles last year at the Bern Jazz Festival, I've thought she was one of the top young jazz vocalists to watch out for. Her clear, passionate sound is invitingly featured on a duet with Smith(here playing the piano quite sensitively) called "Victoria". Quinerly and band are tacit here, except for the fact that Quinerly composed the music and the lyrics. This to me is another example of the high level of musical maturity evident on "Music Inspired By Freedmantown". You can't go wrong on this one,
|Sarah Elizabeth Charles, STILL hogging all the first names!|