Personnel: Roy Haynes (drums); Marcus Strickland (soprano & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet); Martin Bejerano (piano); John Sullivan (bass).
Recorded at Birdland, New York, New York on December 4 & 5, 2003.
Personnel: Roy Haynes (drums); Marcus Strickland (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Martin Bejerano (piano).
Audio Mixer: David Ruffo.
Recording information: Birdland, New York, NY (12/04/2002-12/05/2002).
Photographers: Douglas Yoel; Jimmy Katz.
Arranger: Roy Haynes.
Studying the photograph of drummer Roy Haynes on 2004's aptly named FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, it is difficult to believe that the drummer was--at the time the record was released--79 years of age. Haynes is beaming with youthful vitality in the photo, and his drumming on the album is no less vigorous, idea-filled, and tasteful than it was when he backed Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis in the 1940s and '50s.
In part, Haynes's energy may have to do with his choice to work with musicians young enough to be his grandchildren. Bassist John Sullivan, pianist Martin Bejerano, and saxophonist/bass clarinetist Marcus Strickland make for stimulating, progressive company, pushing and prodding Haynes to new edges as they are simultaneously driven by his busy polyrhythms. Bop and hard-bop flavors dominate the program, with three tunes by Monk (his frantic "Twinkle Trinkle" and lovely "Ask Me Now" are two highlights) taking center stage along with a brisk rendition of Irving Berlin's "Remember." With no dearth of musical strength and invention at any point on FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, it does in fact seem like Haynes has stumbled onto some kind of secret.