- Released: May 21, 2001
- Label: Savant
JazzTimes - 5/02, pp.114,116
"...An attractive mix: his tenor builds in intensity and urgency without sacrificing his wizened old player's economy of expression..."
- 1.Moon Shadow
- 2.Giant Steps
- 4.Manha de Carnaval
- 5.McCoy Next Block
- 6.The Shadow of Your Smile
- 7.My Favorite Things
- 8.Salsa Blue
- 9.Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Personnel: Carlos Garnett, Al Flythe (tenor saxophone); Derick Gardner (trumpet); Robert Trowers (trombone); Carlton Holmes (piano); George Mitchell (bass); Shingo Okudaira (drums); Neil Clarke (percussion).
Recorded at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, New Jersey on December 23, 1999. Includes liner notes by Arnold Jay Smith.
Personnel: Carlos Garnett (tenor saxophone); Alvin Flythe (tenor saxophone); Derrick Gardner (trumpet); Robert Trowers (trombone); Carlton Holmes (piano); Shingo Okudaira (drums); Neil Clarke (percussion).
Recording information: Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ (12/23/1999).
Tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett is in fine form on this set, which is more accessible than expected considering his roots in the avant-garde. Although Garnett is the main soloist, there are spots for pianist Carlton Holmes (who deserves to be better known), trumpeter Derrick Gardner, and trombonist Robert Trowers. The music includes a Latinized version of "Giant Steps," a credible remake of "My Favorite Things," a lyrical "Delilah," and the up-tempo modal blues "McCoy Next Block" and "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" among the highlights. Garnett's tone may take a little getting used to, and though there are quite a few familiar tunes on this album, these versions are fresh, creative, and often full of subtle surprises. ~ Scott Yanow