David Hazeltine The Inspiration Suite

The Inspiration Suite
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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Sharp Nine

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JazzTimes - p.89
"[I]ncisive...alive....Hazeltine reveals how the distinctive traits of his mentors have filtered into his own language and aesthetic."


  • Buy for $0.991.I Should Care
  • Buy for $0.992.Don't Walk Away
  • Buy for $0.993.Motivation
  • Buy for $0.994.Reverance
  • Buy for $0.995.Insight
  • Buy for $0.996.Gratitude
  • Buy for $0.997.My Ideal
  • Buy for $0.998.Shoulders
  • Buy for $0.999.Personage of Wes

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Personnel: David Hazeltine (piano); David Hazeltine; Joe Locke (vibraphone, unknown instrument); John Webber (bass instrument); Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Joe Farnsworth (drums); Daniel Sadownick (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Michael Marciano.
Liner Note Author: Ted Panken.
Recording information: 04/24/2007.
Photographer: John Abbott .
Jazz pianist David Hazeltine, like many baby-boomer musicians, is influenced by Wes, Buddy, and Monk Montgomery and Cedar Walton. For what he calls his most personally driven recording date, he pays tribute to them by composing a four-part suite inspired by their sounds. Hazeltine and his quintet -- which includes the formidable vibraphonist Joe Locke and longtime collaborator tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander -- give alms with some well-conceived and executed modern mainstream jazz. The suite begins as a neo-bop cadence buoys a splattering of several Cedar-flavored motifs, two-note accents, and piano-bass unison lines for "Motivation." "Reverence" has Locke's vibes shimmering on a low and slow Latin-shaded piece, followed by another bright neo-bop melody, "Insight," and the finale is a 6/8 composition, "Gratitude," that could have easily fit into the repertoire of Walton and Bobby Hutcherson's Timeless All Stars book. Of the five stand-alone tracks, two are covers left until the end of the CD -- Walton's much lesser-known "Shoulders" is as straight-ahead as jazz gets, while Buddy Montgomery's "Personage of Wes" is a kinetic, uppity sizzler. A newly arranged complex and arresting intro is tacked onto the standard "I Should Care," and Hazeltine's original "Don't Walk Away" is treated in a Latin fashion, occasional percussionist Daniel Sadownick adding the spice, but again settles in the modern mainstream. Hazeltine has not put out the full-force blockbuster breakthrough recording his clear talent indicates, but this one ranks with his many best efforts. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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