Friday, August 4, 2017

Grant Stewart "Roll On"

Among the current crop of tenor sax players Grant Stewart is one of my personal faves. He always honors the tradition but at the same time is contemporary and in the pocket. He performs on this CD in a piano-less trio that features Paul Sikivie, and brother Phil Stewart, drums. Tunes range from ancient entries like "Thinking Of You" and "After You've Gone", to Bud Powell's bop anthem "Un Poco Loco". "Here I'll Stay" is an overlooked gem I recall from an old Gerry Mulligan side. On these and others, Stewart and company deliver the goods.

Cellar Live; 2017; appx. 49 min.

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