Oliver Nelson - The Blues & The Abstract Truth

Impulse! 0602517046566 | ****
Nelson (ts), Freddie Hubbard (t), Eric Dolphy (f, as), George Barrow (bs), Bill Evans (p), Paul Chambers (b), Roy Haynes (d). Rec. 1961

Laurent DeWilde - The Present

Nocturne NTCD 397 | ***
Laurent deWilde (p), Darryl Hall (b), Laurent Robin and Dion Parson (d). Rec. date not given


There is something of the Renaissance Man about the French pianist Laurent deWilde, who in 1996 wrote a highly acclaimed biography of Thelonious Monk, named Best Book of the Year by the Academie du Jazz. He called it “a diversion in a mad life,” and revealed his deep knowledge and love of jazz.

Michael Brecker - Pilgrimage

Emarcy 172 6351 | ****
Michael Brecker (ts), Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau (p), Pat Metheny (g), John Patitucci (b) and Jack DeJohnette (d). Rec. 2006


Michael Brecker’s much anticipated valedictory album, completed literally days before his untimely death of leukaemia on 13 January this year, is a tribute to his remarkable musicianship. Never once betraying the parlous state of his health, from the complex, knotty theme of the opening ‘Wing and Prayer,’ to the final and title track, the saxophonist gives his all. Indeed, his solo on ‘Wing and a Prayer’ sounds positively exuberant.

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