TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010
CD of the Week - "Loren Stillman: Winter Fruits"
CD of the Week Loren Stillman: "Winter Fruits" (Pirouet) 2009
Rating: *****The follow-up to "Blind Date," recorded in 2007 with Gary Versace (onpiano), Drew Gress (bass) & Joey Baron (drums), which led Stillman toplace # 3 in the alto sax category of the Jazz Station Poll that year, thisnew "Winter Fruits" once again features Versace, but this time onorgan, plus Nate Radley (electric guitar) & Ted Poor (drums). A bass-less contemporary jazz quartet was formed and... bingo! It's aperfect session, with eight highly inventive originals - six composed by the leader and two by the subtle drummer.Surprising, radiant, with a spellbinding air of mystery and magic,"Winter Fruits" earned the NY-based English reedman Loren Stillmanto be acclaimed as the "best alto sax of 2009" in the 31st Annual JazzStation Poll, since his stunning performance had been even better thanthe ones by Kenny Garrett, Phil Woods, Anthony Braxton and LeeKonitz on their respective projects released last year."Winter Fruits," with its outstanding sax-guitar-organ-drumsinstrumentation, also led Gary Versace (who placed # 8 in the 2009DownBeat Readers Poll) to the top of the organ players in our list,thanks to an extremely personal and creative approach on thisinstrument, with touches of the best of Larry Young here and there, butmostly Versace's own voice. For complete results of the poll, pleasecheck:
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