Down Beat - 3/02, p.583.5 stars out of 5
- "...A simple, straight-up quartet set of wily and sometimes wooly saxophone virtuosity..."
JazzTimes - 4/2002, pp.79-80
"TOUR DE FORCE is more than a title; it describes just about every one of the nine tracks....a tour of greatness..."
Personnel includes: Nick Brignola (baritone saxophone); Chuck D'Aloia (guitar); Eddie Gomez (bass); Bill Stewart (drums); Cafe (percussion).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York on December 13 & 14, 2000. Includes liner notes by Zan Stewart.
Personnel: Nick Brignola (baritone saxophone); Chuck D'Aloia (guitar); Bill Stewart (drums).
Audio Mixer: Anthony Ruotolo.
Liner Note Author: Zan Stewart.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (12/13/2000/12/14/2000).
Photographer: B. Robert Johnson.
This might very well be baritonist Nick Brignola's final record, for he passed away a year later. Brignola still sounds in prime form on this pianoless quartet/quintet set with guitarist Chuck D'Aloia, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Bill Stewart, and (on four of the nine songs) percussionist Caf‚. Brignola plays two standards, a song by D'Aloia, Dave Holland's "Backwoods Song," an obscurity, and four standards, including "Donna Lee" and "Centerpiece." Despite worsening health, he plays with plenty of power and drive on this excellent hard bop set. ~ Scott Yanow