Criss Cross Jazz May 2006 Releases
  Wycliffe Gordon
  "Cone's Coup"
  CD  CCR  1278   2006-05-15
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 Wycliffe Gordon's sixth effort for Criss Cross features the trombonist with the biggest sound around in a program comprised predominantly of original blues.

Gordon demonstrates his mastery of that most versatile African American art form, playing slow, fast, sad, reverent and raucous variations, accompanied by his regular working trio with Jazz Messengers alumnus Johnny O'Neal at the piano and the New Orleans rhythm team of bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Herlin Riley.

Joining the quartet, making his Criss Cross debut, is Muskegon Heights, Michigan tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, whose deep dark soulful tone perfectly complements the similarly endowed leader.

  Jimmy Greene
  "True Life Stories"
  CD  CCR  1279   2006-05-15
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 On his third Criss Cross date, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene presents a recital of originals and standards as Evidence and My Ideal, with a band of young veteran New York A-listers -- Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Xavier Davis (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), and Eric Harland (drums).

Mixing an individual harmonic palette with an up-to-the-second rhythmic sensibility and an open mind, Greene and company produce a worthy followup to 2004's Forever, a strong quartet session with Jeff "Tain" Watts.

  Joe Magnarelli
  "Hoop Dreams"
  CD  CCR  1280   2006-05-15
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 Quartet records with trumpet as a lead voice are rare and only the most skilled improvisers can tackle such a challenge.

In the tradition of iconic masterpieces as Lee Morgan's Candy or Kenny Dorham's Quiet Kenny, Joe Magnarelli leads a quartet with pianist Gary Versace, bassist Paul Gill, and drummer Anthony Reedus through a diverse set that includes three Monk classics.

Guitarist Peter Bernstein adds additional color on a few tracks, contributing to Magnarelli's most mature statement to date.

  Danny Grissett
  "Promise"
  CD  CCR  1281   2006-05-15
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 For his debut recording, Los Angeles-born pianist Danny Grissett, who played frequently in 2004-05 with such artists as Vincent Herring, Tom Harrell and Nicholas Payton, displays his mastery of the piano trio function.

Joined by Vicente Archer (bass), his frequent partner in Payton's quartet, and drummer Kendrick Scott, best known for his work with Terence Blanchard in recent years, Grissett uncorks a polished set of standards (Autumn Nocturne, Everything Happens To Me, Moment's Notice, You Must Believe in Spring) and well-wrought originals.

  Steve Davis
  "Update"
  CD  CCR  1282   2006-05-15
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 The latest from Steve Davis follows up his previous date of all original material with a rewarding program comprised of some seldom heard gems from the modern jazz canon.

The last of the Jazz Messenger trombonists shows off his pristine tone and flawless articulation on melodic masterworks from the pens of Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Ellington/Strayhorn, Henry Mancini, and Ray Drummond, along with a new original dedicated to special guest Roy Hargrove.

Criss Cross regular, guitarist Peter Bernstein shares front line duties, while the rhythm section with Anthony Wonsey (piano), Nat Reeves (bass) and drummer Joe Farnsworth keeps things swinging.



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