Ruslan Khain: For Medicinal Purposes Only!
For Medicinal Purposes Only!
Ruslan Khain (bass)
For Medicinal Purposes Only! (Smalls Records)
Ruslan Khain (bass),
Yoshi Okazaki (trumpet), Chris Byars (tenor sax, flute), Richard Clements (piano), Phil Stewart (drums).
Composed by Ruslan Khain.
Recorded: New York, July 6, 2008
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
"For Medicinal Purposes Only!" is an up-tempo swinger—a thorny, cool jazz-ish melody played with hard-bop abandon by bassist Ruslan Khain and his able colleagues. Tenor saxophonist Chris Byars's and trumpeter Yoshi Okazaki's sinuous, fiery yet even-keeled solos stand out. Khain is a fine soloist as well, though he's ill served by the muddy recording of his instrument. He and drummer Phil Stewart form a good rhythm team, maintaining a swinging, smooth and assured tempo. As a composer, Khain's complex melodic line is worthy of Gerry Mulligan or Shorty Rogers. Byars and Okazaki play it down with admirable precision and fire. A good choice for the title track—this is arguably the cookin'-est thing on the album.
Reviewer: Chris Kelsey