But it is hard to complain about this lineup, stacked with bandleaders in their own right. So let me be among the first to pay tribute to this tribute band. The choice of songs also helps. Bobby Hutcherson's "Little B's Poem" is a joyous composition with a sly hook at the turnaround. Those six chords, coming at the soloist over the course of six beats, are like a race with a half-dozen high hurdles placed right before the finish line. I would have liked to have heard Coltrane and Payton improvise over the form, but solo duties fall instead to Steve Wilson (who also contributed the chart), Bill Charlap and Peter Bernstein. I give them high marks and also doff my hat to the rhythm section. But my favorite ingredient here is Wilson's interlude for horns and flute right before the final melody statement. This may be B's poem, but the band gets an A.
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