Warm, Strong Sax Appeal
Ken Yates | Mountain View, CA USA | 02/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before the chorus of the first song For the Love of Money it is easy to forget that you are listening to just four guys playing saxes. Then Julius Hemphil's laughing vocalizations and Hamiet Bluiett's virile rhythm bump bumping remind you they stand alone, four geniuses and just saxes. They don't need more. 'Let's Get It On' plays a beck and call of pensive proposition and sexual overtures. On 'Try A Little Tenderness' David Murray and company start smooth, close to the original melody then Mr. Murray's solo explores the variations of tenderness and the rest of the group join in the adventure. Very sensual, easily the most fascinating covers of these two classics I've ever heard. Hamiet Bluiett's "Nemesis" is my favorite, familiar, suspicious, curious and slightly mysterious everything a nemesis should be. This is a bold, fun, brassy, and soothing collection of wonderful reinterpretations of R&B cornerstones and original gems. Covet this CD!"