Terumasa Hino: Romancero Gitano
Terumasa Hino (cornet)
Bluestruck (Blue Note CP 7 93671 2)
John Scofield (guitar), Michael Formanek (bass), Victor Lewis (drums).
Composed by Terumasa Hino.
Recorded: New York, September 19 & 21, 1989
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
To this writer, this tune is one of the greatest achievements of the 1980s hard-bop revival. It has a Spanish-tinged melody with strong drive and an interesting harmonic structure, and is played by highly motivated musicians, some of whom still deserve to be better known. Let me then focus on them: Onaje Allen Gumbs doesn't solo here, but does such a terrific job behind his partners, adapting to their idiosyncrasies, that you sometimes want to listen to him rather than to the soloist. Rob Scheps is the second discovery. His sound is so huge and his phrasing so inventive and full of energy that you can hardly understand why he isn't better known. Besides his own qualities as an instrumentalist and composer, one must bow to Terumasa Hino for having assembled such a top-notch team.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum
Tags: 1980s jazz