Julian Meyers | Jersey City, NJ | 09/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The greatly underappreciated Frank Strozier soars here in this follow up to his previous Steeplechase release "Remember Me". Here again we hear strozier with long time friend Harold MAeburn and Louis hayes. Stafford James rounds out the rhythm section. They are joined by trumpeter Danny Moore on some selections.
Strozier's take on Marvin Gaye's immortal What's Goin' On is a startlingly original take as he sets in a fast six/eight groove as opposed to it's usual funk flavor. Thus it becomes a hard driving straight vehicle which provides Strozier and Maeburn great opportunity to stretch out. Hayes and James hold down the intense groove throughout. Perhaps the gem on this album is the Strozier original "Psalm for John Coltrane". it is a theme stated with a rubato feel that goes into a mellow modal tapestry in which Strozier, Maeburn and James weave solos that are moving and truly a fitting homage to Coltrane who has inspired and continues to inspire generations of saxophonists.
This Cd offers alternate takes and gives two full versions of each composition. Listeners are treated to see different approaches to eac tune which makes listening to this album an experience..."