Jaleel Shaw (with Mark Turner): Grand Central
Jaleel Shaw (alto sax)
Perspective (Fresh Sound New Talent 222)
Composed by John Coltrane.
Recorded: Brooklyn, February 12-13, 2004
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
This is a studio band that I would like to hear live, or at least on another CD. The pairing of Shaw and Turner in the front line is an inspired combination, and both play at top form. Turner has a first rate musical mind, but sometimes shows a tendency to be a bit analytical in his improvisations. Here he starts out playing a mind game for the first few bars of his solo (possibly parodying the closing phrase of Shaw's chorus), but within a few bars he decides to embrace the entropy, to good effect. The chaos theory postulated in real time by the rhythm section may have something to do with the dynamism shown by both saxophonists here. Shaw, for his part, plays with the sense of urgency—he has a way of kicking out notes that are like mini-howls, a very gripping sound. Turner only appears on one other track on this CD, which is a shame. This is one of the more interesting two horn combos of recent years.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia