Release Date: 09/02/08
Eskovitz has a fat tone and a hard driving style that is most reminiscent of Don Menza and Lew Tabackin.
This is a record that all lovers of bebop have to get, Bruce Eskovitz has a fat tone and a hard- driving style that is most reminiscent of Don Menza and Lew Tabackin, making him a perfect person to record a tribute to Sonny Rollins. If he sounded exactly like Newk this set would not be all that effective since there is no reason to hear an imitation when the original is also quite prominent on records. But by paying homage to Rollins without directly copying him, Eskovitz has put together a very enjoyable set. HIGHLY RECOMENDED.<br> With the exception of 'Poor Butterfly' and 'Count Your Blessings,' all nine numbers are Rollins compositions. Eskovitz is greatly assisted by pianist Bill Mays, vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Larance Marable on such numbers as 'No Moe,' 'Airegin,' 'Valse Hot,' 'Strode Rode,' and 'Pent-Up House.' As intense as some of the jam session-style performances are, it is the final number that is the most passionate, for 'Tenor Madness' is a six minute blowout with guest Ernie Watts challenging (but not overwhelming) Eskovitz.
|Label: PACIFIC COAST JAZZ|
|Run Time: 53 mins|
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