Michael Rodriguez (trumpet); Alan Ferber (trombone); Lisa Parrott (alto, soprano saxes); Pete McCann (guitar); Matt Clohesy (bass); Brian Woodruff (drums, compositions) + Elizabeth Lohninger (vocals on tks 1,3,9).
A delightful, swingy set that doesn’t set out to change the world but, instead, paints a picture of the world as seen by drummer, leader, composer, arranger, lyricist, Woodruff.
The soloists, and that means everyone, are all on the money. Although Ferber and McCann are the only two whose work I was familiar with, the others are on the same wavelength. Rodriguez is one of the most lyrical trumpet players I’ve heard since Chet or early Miles. Lisa Parrott too has a cool sound that still retains an emotional aura about it and it’s easy to understand her high placing in DownBeat’s Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (now Rising Star) category back in 2016 – on baritone.
McCann can swing with best of them and as he proves on War Paint – a hard rocker – he is not averse to a spot of shredding. Woodruff comments that he “deliberately placed Pete in the clean-up spot.”
Ferber is blessed with a sound many lesser trombone players can only dream about. For the past seven years he’s been up there in the DownBeat ratings running on to place third in the 2020 Rising Star category of the Critic’s Poll.
Clohesy is an in-demand bassist who, alongside leader Woodruff keeps everything moving.
Lohninger has a delicate, wistful voice that does justice to Woodruff’s lyrics.
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