Resilience

Resilience

by Tim Mayer
     
 

There's a lot to like about tenor saxophonist Tim Mayer's recording debut as a leader. First of all, he's got solid chops on tenor sax and yet has no intention of hogging the spotlight. Secondly, he put himself in good hands by getting together with veteran producer John Lee (and the young but extremely talented co-producer Michael Dease, whoSee more details below

Overview

There's a lot to like about tenor saxophonist Tim Mayer's recording debut as a leader. First of all, he's got solid chops on tenor sax and yet has no intention of hogging the spotlight. Secondly, he put himself in good hands by getting together with veteran producer John Lee (and the young but extremely talented co-producer Michael Dease, who also made musical contributions). Also, he has a top-shelf rhythm section anchored by veteran pianist George Cables, with bassist Dezron Douglas and Willie Jones III. The guests are a mix of young and old players, all first-call musicians: trumpeters Claudio Roditi, Greg Gisbert, and the promising Dominick Farinacci, Michael Dease (a killer trombonist, composer, and arranger), guitarist Mark Whitfield, and flutist Don Braden. To top things off, Mayer chose a terrific mix of overlooked gems by jazz greats, along with newer compositions. Mayer's hard blowing in Kenny Dorham's "Escapade" invites comparisons to Dexter Gordon, with Gisbert providing an excellent foil for the leader. Bud Powell's "Dance of the Infidels" (incorrectly attributed to Fats Navarro, who did record it) isn't an obscurity by any means, but Mayer's interpretation shines, with his robust tenor sharing the spotlight with Cables, bass trombonist Robert Edwards, and Douglas. On Lee Morgan's punchy "Blue Lace," which deserves wider recognition, Mayer and company deliver potent ensemble work and powerful solos. Charles Tolliver's "Emperor March" is a recent work, the title track of Tolliver's 2009 live CD, which featured Michael Dease as part of the big band. Mayer's conception is scaled down for ten pieces, but he delivers an intense performance while sharing space with Gisbert. Dease contributed "For Miles," a peppy opener based on the changes to an easily recognized standard; Mayer explodes out of the gate with a strong showing, then Dease demonstrates on trombone why he has been so in demand as a trombonist for session work since he arrived in New York City. Mayer's intricate bop cooker finds him playing in unison with guitarist Mark Whitfield with nary a misstep by either player, though Whitfield steals the show with his fine solo. Tim Mayer obviously did his homework long before walking into the studio to record his rewarding debut CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
Jazz Legacy Prod
UPC:
0764942237725
catalogNumber:
1101015
Rank:
325630

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Mayer   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
George Cables   Piano
Mark Whitfield   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Don Braden   Flute
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Willie Jones   Drums
Dominick Farinacci   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Guest Appearance
Dezron Douglas   Bass
Michael Dease   Trombone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Robert Edwards   Bass Trombone,Guest Appearance
Robert Foster   Alto Flute

Technical Credits

George Cables   Composer
Kenny Dorham   Composer
Lee Morgan   Composer
Fats Navarro   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Charles Tolliver   Composer
Steve Turre   Composer
Paul Wickliffe   Mastering
Sal Mormando   Engineer
Michael Dease   Composer,Producer
Jason Hainsworth   Arranger
John Lee   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Lore Dore   Artwork
Lisa Broderick   Executive Producer
Tim Mayer   Arranger,Composer
Sara Jacovino   Arranger
Christy Diaz   Graphic Design

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