"It Never Entered My Mind" begins with Hicks's melodic piano intro before Freeman enters with a graceful arpeggio and plays the theme with a warm and rich Chicago tenor sound, tinged with a touch of that crying edge Coltrane possessed on ballads. Chico's solo is unabashedly melodic, surefooted and enticing. Hicks then solos rhapsodically, and Freeman reenters to sing the standard once again. The out-chorus is a delight. As Freeman introduces a dancing rhythmic pattern and switches to more intense multi-noted lines and swirling circular phrases, the piece suddenly turns into a heady Charles Lloyd/"Forest Flower"- flavored romp. Sublime playing that stands the test of time.
June 04, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: it never entered my mind
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