Scott Reeves’ Shape Shifter could be called a standard live mainstream affair in that the tunes are, in part, vehicles for some stretching out by the soloists. But the sound slips out of the “standard” description, with its atmosphere of adventure and edgy energy, and an approach that more than hints at the avant-garde, in a way that perhaps Jackie McLean did on his ’60s Blue Note recordings.
Enrico Granafei’s day job (well, really his night job) is as proprietor and musical director of Trumpets, a popular jazz club in Montclair, New Jersey in the Metropolitan New York area. His other avocation is as a musician and recording artist, simultaneously playing chromatic harmonica and acoustic nylon guitar.
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Saxophonist Willie Williams come charging out of the gate like Sonny Rollins’ trio featuring bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Elvin Jones on A Night at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1957) The title track of Williams’ Comet Ride is aptly named, with bassist Gary Wang and drummer Rudy Walker taking no prisoners alongside Williams’ tenor, with lightning speed, dexterity and chops to spare. The liner notes reveal that the tune was named for the roller coaster ride in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania where a much younger Willie Williams experienced his first “Comet” ride.