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Cindy Blackman has led a long series of mostly acoustic jazz dates for the Muse and High Note labels. This particular set features her working group of 2000, a quartet with tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, keyboardist Carlton Holmes, and bassist George Mitchell. Most intriguing are inventive reworkings of such veteran standards as "My Funny Valentine" (which is given a mildly disturbing mood), "Someday My Prince Will Come" (which is no-nonsense rather than being sweetly sentimental), and "Walkin'," which is taken much slower than usual. Together this trio of songs is a tribute of sorts to Miles Davis. The other pieces are group originals, including five by the drummer/leader (two of which are brief drum solos). These are post-bop explorations, often rather dark in mood and giving all four musicians opportunities to set the direction and to interact with each other. The result is an album of high-quality modern jazz.
Performance CreditsCindy Blackman Primary Artist,Drums,Leader
Carlton Holmes Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Technical CreditsCindy Blackman Producer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Katsuhiko Naito Engineer
Bill Milkowski Liner Notes
Carlton Holmes Composer
Annalee Valencia Art Direction