Looking for reviews of current Jazz recordings? Look no further! George Fendel has enjoyed a 28 year career in Jazz radio in Portland, Oregon. He served as the president of the Jazz Society of Oregon for three terms from '87-'90, and currently promotes live concerts at Classic Pianos in Portland.
Friday, April 1, 2022
Sam Taylor; Along The Way
We should all be thankful that there are young guys coming up all the time who are dedicated and somehow destined to play in a jazz tradition that goes back almost one hundred years. Such a player is tenor sax man Sam Taylor. The good news here is that his basic quartet of tenor and rhythm section is augmented by Larry McKenna, another well-schooled tenor player, on five of this CD’s nine tunes. The pianist on the session is Jeb Patton, deservedly a rising presence in the jazz pantheon. Most of the selections hail from the standards book with the likes of “Make Someone Happy”, “People Will Say We’re In Love”, “Where Are You” and even “On The Trail”. This is a solid, dependable blowing session from players with everything to say and nothing to prove.