Russ Nolan: Naima




Russ Nolan (tenor sax)


With You In Mind (Rhinoceruss Music )

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Russ Nolan (tenor sax), Kenny Werner (piano), Ari Hoenig (drums),

Johannes Weidenmueller (bass)


Composed by John Coltrane


Recorded: New York, April 14, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

When I see a Coltrane cover on a self-produced CD, I usually want to run and hide. I would rather listen to the Nicholas Slonimsky thesaurus of scales played on kazoo. At least that would be a change. But wait, these guys can play, and they don't just imitate old Impulse records. Kenny Werner and cohorts mesh brilliantly in the rhythm section, achieving a light swinging sound that serves as an effective underpinning to Nolan's fluid sax work. No copycats here, just smart playing by a top-notch quartet.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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