Loren Stillman: Happy
Loren Stillman (alto sax)
How Sweet It Is (Nagel Heyer CD 2031)
Loren Stillman (alto sax),
Russ Lossing (piano), Scott Lee (bass), Jeff Hirschfield (drums).
Composed by Loren Stillman.
Recorded: New York, May 15, 2001
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Just as the new century began, Loren Stillman was one of the young musicians who blew a breeze of novelty on the NYC jazz scene. In the wake of Mark Turner, who had first dug the Tristano furrow during the previous decade, Stillman shows an impressive maturity on his maiden voyage. As befits its title, this tune is a soft, radiant melody that makes you want to sing along. The beautiful alto's sound is both dense and fragile. The interplay is thick and soft, with each member of the quartet playing his group role as well as improvising in a strongly singular voice without focusing on ego. Who brought better news to jazz in 2001?
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum