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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Pianist Eric Reed, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, alto saxophonist Wessell Anderson and bassist Ben Wolfe hold a reunion of sorts on Reed's Musicale. These four musicians got the best possible training in Wynton Marsalis' sep... more »
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Pianist Eric Reed, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, alto saxophonist Wessell Anderson and bassist Ben Wolfe hold a reunion of sorts on Reed's Musicale. These four musicians got the best possible training in Wynton Marsalis' septet, mastering everything from early New Orleans jazz and swing to bop and modal jazz. They all graduated with superlative chops. Reed, in particular, is a fine player, able to tackle sassy rhythms and melodic variations with such authority that one reinforces the other. Nonetheless, it was Marsalis' vision and compositions that provided the spark and direction for these young musicians. Without him, they too often become the musical equivalents of writers with big vocabularies: elegant style and nothing to say. --Geoffrey Himes
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Dr.D.Treharne | Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom | 12/24/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I finally got around to programming, and listening to, the two different sessions that are on this album. The March 10th session is as stunning a piano trio session that you'll find anywhere in contemporary music. Eric Reed is an excellent technician and player, and that comes out best on the session where he was unencumbered by contributions from trumpet and alto saxophone.The April 19th session has a solid rhythm section, and some good contributions from Nicholas Payton .For me, however, Wessell Anderson's contribution on sax. is intrusive and over-busy, whilst the inclusion of his composition "Blues to come", sits uneasily with the rest of the material on the disc.No Reed completist should be without this, but hit the programme button and get the 7 piano trio tracks first"