podcast.) It's a bright and uptempo swinging performance, Hutcherson is the key adding texture and shading the music, and taking a lovely solo, but I must admit to being knocked out by David Sandborn. Apparently, I had unfairly dismissed him as a smooth jazz lightweight, but his playing on this album, and a killer rawboned solo on this track are very impressive. Hutcherson co-led a group with the saxophonist Harold Land for several years and "For Harold" takes the music into faster terrain as Heart keeps everyone on their toes and trumpet overdubs from DeFrancesco (who else doubles on trumpet and organ? George Colligan, perhaps) adds front line depth. Sandborn is featured with thunderous drum support and he again makes the most of it. "Teddy" comes storming out of the gate with bubbling organ, vibes and drums performing forming an intricate dance. Sandborn's saxophone is sharp and pointed, clearing the way for some of Hutcherson's most impressive soloing on this record. DeFrancesco makes a great partner with the organ's bass pedals and support. This was a fine record, and will certainly shine a light on an excellent veteran musician who hasn't lost a step in the intervening years. First rate in the pocket mainstream jazz. Enjoy the View - amazon.com
Send comments to Tim.
The Week Ahead: A Worshiper At Bach’s Altar
9 hours ago