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Veneration [Live]

Wayne Escoffery Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Savant
  • ASIN: B000N3STGQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Locke's Vibe (Introducing 'I Waited For You')
2. I Waited for You
3. Bee Vamp
4. Skydive
5. Tell Me Why
6. Looking Ahead
7. Isfahan
8. Melody for Melonae

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Veneration - Astounding ! 21 Oct 2007
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Currently getting a lot of playing time on my deck at the moment is this astoundingly good album from underrated tenor man and Mingus big band member Wayne Escoffery.Recorded live at the Smoke club in New York it has all the spontaneous inspiration of a live set but with fantastic studio like sound quality.Joined by the intense Joe Locke on vibes,Hans Glawischnig on bass and Lewis Nash on drums this makes for fantastic listening.The music is definitely in the post bop vein with Escoffery working up,at times, a ferocious head of steam as he tears through the chord changes in contemporary post-bop style but never sacrificing musicality for pure aggression.Despite the advanced style of this music it always makes for enjoyable,exciting and engrossing listening with escoffery producing one of the best tenor performances in recent memory. Maybe there is an heir to the vacant "tenor king" throne with the untimely departure of Michael Brecker ?
"I waited for you" is probably the pick of the tracks with it's almost spirtual like melody.Theres a tip of the cap to his tutor and mentor Jackie Mclean with the longest track of the album "Melody for Melonae" which gets a faithfull reproduction.There is also a nice change of pace with "Tell me why" which is the only soprano track but still played with intensity and passion.
I could go on all day about how good this album is - but i won't - so just buy it.You'll thank me for the tip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Disc 24 Oct 2007
By Whispering Veal- - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This disc is highly recommended. Wayne Escoffery is an extemely talented performer, one that manages to both sound fresh while harkening back to greats of the past. The best comparison would be to a younger Kenny Garrett. Like Kenny, Wayne has played and learned from some of the best (Tom Harrell, Jackie McLean, Ben Riley, Mingus Big Band). Those influences, and the respect that he has for them, shines through in his playing, yet he manages to also be uniquely himself. He also brought to my mind Joe Henderson in that he is able to seamlessly play well with others and then step out and shine in a thought-provoking solo. The selection of songs is also outstanding, although I haven't yet fully appreciated the last song "Melody for Melonae" yet. I particularly liked the Booker Little songs, and "Tell Me Why", the long Escoffery original song. You should also consider picking up the new Tom Harrell disc, "Light On", on which Wayne makes an extraordinary contribution to an extraordinary disc. Once you buy one, you will want the other.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 8 Jan 2008
By BARRY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wonderfully refreshing music in the tradition of the jazz greats. My personal favorite is the Freddie Hubbard tune Sky Dive. Wayne at times exhibits sparks of genius. Definitely a classic that I will enjoy for a millennia
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Recording 18 Mar 2007
By John Edmunds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wayne Escoffery's new CD brings out his superb technique and soulful palying in this "live" performance at Smoke. Joe Locke is a welcome addition.
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