- Audio CD (3 Jun 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Space Time Records
- ASIN: B00BHJ0LD4
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
A generational concept is woven into Brown's choice of material for the album as he features songs by three of his favourite composer/pianists, each one representing a different era: Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and Geoff Keezer. Other highlights include the Blues-drenched version of Mel Tormé's title track, the spirited approach to Irving Berlins "Cheek to Cheek" and Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things".
Donald Brown was raised in Memphis and cut his teeth working as a session musician for Hi Records, with artists like Al Green and Ann Peeples. He toured with Stax artists Rufus Thomas, William Bell and the Soul Children, and was introduced to Art Blakey by fellow Memphis pianist James Williams. He has also performed with leading jazz artists such as Donald Byrd, Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard, to name a few.
Personnel: Donald Brown (piano, keyboards), Kenny Garrett (alto & soprano saxophone), Wallace Roney (trumpet), Ravi Coltrane (tenor & soprano saxophone), Mark Boling (guitars), Robert Hurst (double bass), Marcus Gilmore, Kenneth Brown (drums), Rudy Bird (percussion), Emily Mathis (flute - 6 & 8), Vance Thompson (flugelhorn - 6)
'The title track features Garrett at his acid best and "Fly With the Wind" captures the spirit of the McCoy Tyner original...the fine detail of Brown's arrangements inspire strong solos from a front line.' -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), June 8, 2013 * * * *
'Brown's approach to running groups takes them in straight-ahead directions littered with intriguing twists...He wrote three of the tunes heard here. Most of the others are familiar enough but treatments often veer from what one might expect.' -- Jazz Journal, (Ronald Atkins), October 2012 * * * *
'Brown is a powerful pianist with great ideas within the tradition and there's a lot of spirit and many rewarding moments here.' -- Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), May 23, 2013
'On a flying-high 'Just One of Those Things' Wallace Roney's trumpet sets the pace alongside the alto sax of Kenny Garrett, who galvanises the band into headlong urgency...the pianist revives some of the go-for-broke grooving sound of the old Blakey bands, like a fresh wind blowing in your face.'--Hi Fi News, (Steve Harris), August 2013