Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project: Fast Trak


Fast Trak


Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project


Spectacular! (Primrose Lane 011)

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Luther Hughes (bass), Glenn Cashman (tenor sax), Bruce Babad (alto sax), Ed Czach (piano), Paul Kreibich (drums).

Composed by Paul Kreibich


Recorded: July 18-20, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The cover of this CD shows fireworks going off, and the title is in huge capital letters proclaiming "SPECTACULAR!" Even so, you could easily miss this unheralded indie release -- especially when it had the bad fortune to go on the market at the same time that a big label was launching a Cannonball Adderley tribute CD with an all-star band. No famous jazz all-stars on this CD, but you wouldn't guess it by listening to this track, which swings like crazy. I had never heard of altoist Bruce Babad before -- he teaches at Fullerton College in Orange County -- but I will be on the lookout for him in the future. His solo here is quite impressive. Of course, when the rhythm section is playing at such a high level, everybody sounds good. Okay, not just good . . . spectacular!

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


  • 1 Paul Kreibich // Mar 22, 2008 at 12:09 AM
    Ted, Thanks for the review. We're proud of the new release. I appreciate your comments. Enjoyed your West Coast Jazz book. Best, Paul Kreibich
  • 2 Craig Buhler // Mar 26, 2008 at 01:24 AM
    I have worked with Paul on and off since 1976. He is an amazing drummer, a fine composer, and totally committed to maintaining high standards in the jazz field. He is also an articulate speaker/writer and has a superior wit.