Tony Malaby: Dos Caminos
Tony Malaby (tenor sax)
Tony Malaby (tenor sax),
Drew Gress (bass), Tom Raney (drums), Michael Sarin (drums, percussion).
Composed by Tony Malaby.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, October 8, 2002
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
While a quartet with two drummers is not the most ordinary type of band, in this case it's the powerful engine needed to drive Tony Malaby's huge sound and loose phrasing. Even so, the reed player from Arizona didn't choose his percussionists merely for their strength, but also for the melodic and rhythmic contrast of their specific playing styles. Similarly, Malaby's own sound is not only huge, in the tradition of Midwestern tenormen, but also has a uniquely mellow edge that makes him one of the most sought-after players on both sides of the Atlantic. This tune conjures up memories of such elders as Gato Barbieri and Jim Pepper, evolving in a casual, freely rambling way. Throughout, Malaby is beautifully supported by the deep sound of Drew Gress, who provides a secure harmonic underpinning for Malaby's free playing.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum