by George Harris
Endorsed by Slide Hampton in the liner notes, Peter Lin mixes originals with traditional and modern Chinese compositions to create an original yet bopping set. He brings together Anthony Nelson Jr-Benjamin Kovacs/ts, Anthony Ware/as, James Zollar/tp, Charlie Sigler/g, Oscar Williams II/p, Ben Rubens/b and Winard Harper-Nic Cacioppo/dr for a cut and paste collection of tunes. Slide Hampton’s “My Blues” is a swinging sextet that has Lin veering around rich harmonies with Ware and Zollar, while “Forgotten Times” has the leader’s butter ‘bone working with Kovac’s muscular tenor. The traditional piece “Sweet as Honey” is a mix of delicate lyricism and modern pulse, with Lin’s horn confident throughout, while his own “Born Here, From There” points to the strength of his pen as well as his bell. Impressive foray.