Option - 11-12/94, p.102
"...This music communicates a full range of emotions....B Sharp is so smooth that it takes a while to realize just how good they are..."
B Sharp Jazz Quartet: Randall Willis (reeds), Eliot Douglass (piano), Reggie Carson (bass), Herb Graham, Jr. (drums).
Includes liner notes by Gerald Wilson.
All songs written by members of the B Sharp Jazz Quartet except "Naima" (John Coltrane).
Personnel: Randall Willis (reeds); Eliot Douglass (piano); Herb Graham, Jr. (drums).
Liner Note Author: Gerald Wilson.
Photographer: Rudi Weislein.
Arrangers: Reggie Carson; Herb Graham, Jr.
The 1994 debut by the B Sharp Jazz Quartet is quite impressive. The L.A.-based group, whose roots are in hard bop while being very open to the influences of the avant-garde, performs nine originals by bandmembers, plus John Coltrane's "Naima." Comprised of drummer Herb Graham, Jr., saxophonist Randall Willis, pianist Eliot Douglass, and bassist Reggie Carson, the quartet creates a wide-ranging and colorful set that is well worth picking up. ~ Scott Yanow