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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
An underrated tenor saxophonist who channels the spirits of such earlier giants as Ben Webster and Sonny Rollins with uncanny elegance, Bennie Wallace adds new luster to the nine jazz and popular song standards he’s judiciously chosen. Wallace has the kind of meaty sound that few contemporary players can even dream about; his tone practically throws its arm around a melody, caressing it with affectionate vigor. A superior ballad player -- his breathy takes on Billy Strayhorn’s “My Little Brown Book” and “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing” are beautiful examples of taste mated with control -- Wallace also enlivens a mid-tempo rendition of “Milestones” and an up-tempo, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
An underrated tenor saxophonist who channels the spirits of such earlier giants as Ben Webster and Sonny Rollins with uncanny elegance, Bennie Wallace adds new luster to the nine jazz and popular song standards he’s judiciously chosen. Wallace has the kind of meaty sound that few contemporary players can even dream about; his tone practically throws its arm around a melody, caressing it with affectionate vigor. A superior ballad player -- his breathy takes on Billy Strayhorn’s “My Little Brown Book” and “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing” are beautiful examples of taste mated with control -- Wallace also enlivens a mid-tempo rendition of “Milestones” and an up-tempo, Latin-tinged “Love for Sale” with his swooping lines. It doesn’t hurt at all that he’s also assembled a blue-chip rhythm section to support him: pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash. The perfect amalgam of straight-ahead players, this ensemble sounds as if they’d been playing together for decades, so relaxed is their cohesion and swing.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bennie Wallace is unlike any tenor saxophonist, often alternating between a soulful, fat tone which is very similar to Ben Webster's approach and sudden unpredictable jumps no doubt inspired by alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy. Joined by an outstanding rhythm section consisting of pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash, Wallace explores favorites from the swing and bop eras, with his bandmates providing a solid anchor underneath his flights. Two gems from the pen of Billy Strayhorn, the rhapsodic "My Little Brown Book" and the fragile ballad "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," stand in a class by themselves with Wallace's fresh interpretations. Both theLatin-flavored arrangement of "Love for Sale" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" pack a powerful punch, while "Milestones" the earlier one which Miles Davis recorded for Savoy, though it was actually composed by John Lewis takes a far more adventurous route than typically heard. This excellent session demonstrates a mature artist with a very distinct sound, which should be the ultimate goal of every jazz musician. One minor shortcoming of this release is the label's puzzling failure to list either the songs or the supporting musicians on the outside of the package. This highly recommended CD is one of Bennie Wallace's best sessions of his long, very fruitful career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2003
  • Label: Groove Note Records
  • UPC: 660318101037
  • Catalog Number: 10103
  • Sales rank: 224,524

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bennie Wallace Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash Drums
Mulgrew Miller Piano
Peter Washington Bass
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Joe Harley Producer
Joe Marciano Engineer
Patrick Hinely Cover Photo
Ying Tan Executive Producer
Sebastian Koh Executive Producer
James Lizardi Art Direction
Ed Meitner Contributor
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