Roy Haynes: Dear Old Stockholm
Dear Old Stockholm
Roy Haynes (drums)
The Roy Haynes Trio Featuring Danilo Perez & John Patitucci (GRP Records)
Recorded: New York, November 23-24, 1999
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
This version of a traditional Swedish tune favored and popularized by one of Roy Haynes's former employers, Stan Getz, is rather fresh and interesting. Unfortunately, Haynes behaves here like a despot, and his loudly recorded drums tend to overpower his brilliant young sidemen. All three musicians are masters of their instruments. The trio also has a personal vision of the song, and their arrangement respects the beautiful theme by adding melodic turns without overloading its simple beauty. The interaction between Perez and Patitucci (who were not yet members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet) is optimal, and they both favor musicality over virtuosity. So, paradoxically, it's Haynes's constant use of his drums as a soloist rather than an accompanist that partly spoils the overall interest of this track. Is it because he was playing with musicians who could have been his children, and wouldn't listen to them? Or because, except for a great record aptly called We Three with his peers Phineas Newborn and Paul Chambers more than three decades earlier, Haynes was never such a great leader for trio sessions?
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum