The sensational alto sax man from Vancouver, B.C. kind of shakes things up on his latest effort. The album’s subtitle is ‘Music From The Motherland”. And so it is that all the tunes seem to have an Italian connection; hence the title tune “O Sole Mio” and others like “Estate”, “Theme From The Godfather, “Torna A Surriento”, and Henry Mancini’s “Mr. Lucky”. Weeds give his pianist the day off and instead uses Mike LeDonne on organ, and to very polished results. Other monsters on the date include Eric Alexander, tenor sax; Peter Bernstein, guitar; and Joe Farnsworth, drums. Weeds offers his consistent jazz expertise on alto, and all the players seem to be getting a kick out of all this music with Italian roots. Recommended!
Cellar Live; 2021; appx. 60 min.