Award-winning Dutch guitarist Jesse Van Ruller changes gears on his second Criss Cross outing, fronting a stellar quartet with Seamus Blake on tenor sax, Sam Yahel on organ, and drummer Bill Stewart.
The previous year's Here and There focused mainly on standards and classic jazz vehicles. In contrast, Circles showcases the leader's compositional talents first and foremost. In addition to six varied Van Ruller originals and one by tenorman Seamus Blake, the group offers a ballad reading of "Gone with the Wind".
With his crisp tone, fluid phrasing, and vibrant imagination, Van Ruller continues to stake his claim as one of the globe's most promising straightahead jazz stylists.
|1.||One (Jesse van Ruller) 6:25|
|2.||Circles (Jesse van Ruller) 8:56|
|3.||Here Comes The Sun (Jesse van Ruller) 6:48|
|4.||Black Dahlia (Seamus Blake) 7:09|
|5.||33 Waltz (Jesse van Ruller) 6:30|
|6.||Zoab (Jesse van Ruller) 7:22|
|7.||Gone With The Wind (Allie Wrubel / Herb Magidson) 7:13|
|8.||Secret Champ (Jesse van Ruller) 8:28|
Total Time: 58:57
Recorded December 15, 2002 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman