Pete Christlieb & Bob Cooper: Passion Flower
Mosaic (Capri 74026)
Composed by Billy Strayhorn.
Recorded: Portland, Oregon, February 16, 1990
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Duke Ellington’s celebrated alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges set the standard for the performance of Billy Strayhorn’s elegant ballad “Passion Flower.” Here two tenor saxophonists a generation apart, Bob Cooper, who rose to prominence during the so-called cool period of the 1950s, and Pete Christlieb, a big-toned player of more recent vintage, honor the alto master and complement each other in a bright Latin version of the classic.
Reviewer: David Franklin