Centripetal Force

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All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
Centripetal Force is a good title for this CD, Terell Stafford's second as a leader. In physics, it describes how separate energies gravitate toward the center; here, the center is more than Stafford's beautiful horn -- there's a warm calm at the core of this music, regardless of tempo. Some of this comes from familiarity, since Stafford, Stephen Scott, and Victor Lewis were bandmates in Bobby Watson's hard bop '90s group, Horizon. But there's nothing hard about this release, which is full of soul and heart. Stafford's playing is clean, fluid, and expressive, whether he's going flat-out on an incandescent "Old Devil Moon" or being achingly tender describing "My ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
Centripetal Force is a good title for this CD, Terell Stafford's second as a leader. In physics, it describes how separate energies gravitate toward the center; here, the center is more than Stafford's beautiful horn -- there's a warm calm at the core of this music, regardless of tempo. Some of this comes from familiarity, since Stafford, Stephen Scott, and Victor Lewis were bandmates in Bobby Watson's hard bop '90s group, Horizon. But there's nothing hard about this release, which is full of soul and heart. Stafford's playing is clean, fluid, and expressive, whether he's going flat-out on an incandescent "Old Devil Moon" or being achingly tender describing "My Romance," accompanied only by Scott's eloquent piano. On the purely beautiful "A Child Is Born," he duets with Russell Malone, who also delivers memorable solos on the relaxed and swinging "Skylark" and Lewis' high-energy opener, "Addio." Stafford offers two fine compositions of his own: the haunting "I'll Wait," with subtle percussion including bird sounds supplied by Daniel Moreno, and "Mia," an intriguing mix of light and shadow that balances Stefon Harris' pearly vibe tones with Stafford's smoky flugelhorn and the honey of John Clark's French horn. Stafford's talent for building solos is especially evident on Scott's "For the Broken Hearted," which is more lively than its title suggests. An exciting "Dahoud" and a loving ballad tribute to Stafford's grandmother round out the ten tracks by these ten superb musicians. But while there's plenty of brilliance here, there's no trace of flash: Stafford goes straight for the honest meaning in every tune. And whether his tone is golden or growling, muted or crystalline, he communicates straight to the listener's center.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Candid Records
  • UPC: 708857971824
  • Catalog Number: 79718
  • Sales rank: 178,314

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Addio (6:58)
  2. 2 I'll Wait (5:36)
  3. 3 Skylark (6:20)
  4. 4 Old Devil Moon (7:12)
  5. 5 A Child Is Born (4:43)
  6. 6 Mia (6:47)
  7. 7 For the Broken Hearted (7:48)
  8. 8 My Romance (6:58)
  9. 9 Daahoud (7:15)
  10. 10 Somebody Bigger Than You and I (7:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terell Stafford Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Stephen Scott Piano
Victor Lewis Drums
Russell Malone Guitar
John Clark French Horn
Tim Warfield Tenor Saxophone
Ron Blake Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Moreno Percussion
Ed Howard Bass
Stefon Harris Vibes
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Victor Lewis Composer
Alan Bates Executive Producer
Joe Marciano Engineer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Terell Stafford Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Dave Glasser Mastering
Ron Kearns Producer
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