Chick Corea: Tempus Fugit

In early 1949, with sidemen Ray Brown and Max Roach, Bud Powell first recorded what would become a jazz standard, and it surely stands as one of my favorite compositions in the bebop canon. This all-star aggregation from 1996 plays it with the fire it deserves, thanks in no small part to the presence of Roy Haynes. The drummer, who first recorded with Powell the same year as the aforementioned waxing of this piece, brings much to this session. His spirit and energy seem everywhere without running roughshod over the other players. Often these "superstar" turns can be stilted affairs, but the solos here feel driven, and the ensemble work sounds fresh throughout.

August 22, 2008 · 0 comments


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