Russ Nolan: Naima
Russ Nolan (tenor sax)
With You In Mind (Rhinoceruss Music )
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