On Wycliffe Gordon's eighth effort as a leader for Criss Cross the multi-talented former Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra trombonist who they call Cone teams up with versatile trumpeter Terell Stafford (aka Staff) in a brassy quintet with a smoking rhythm section that features label regulars, pianist Mike LeDonne and Kenny Washington (back from Gordon's previous date) and the gifted young bassist David Wong, making his first Criss Cross appearance.
The players all shine, both individually and as a cohesive unit, on an appealing swing-to-bop program comprised of jazz originals and classics, standards and blues.
|1.||West Coast Blues (Wes Montgomery) 6:54|
|2.||Cousins (Terell Stafford) 8:41|
|3.||Robbin's Nest (Illinois Jacquet / Sir Charles Thompson) 7:55|
|4.||Everything Happens To Me (Matt Dennis / Tom Adair) 9:22|
|5.||Arabia (Curtis Fuller) 7:27|
|6.||Le Marieur (Terell Stafford) 5:38|
|7.||Tricotism (Oscar Pettiford) 5:59|
|8.||Star-Crossed Lovers (Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn) 4:49|
|9.||Cheeky! (Wycliffe Gordon) 6:51|
Total Time: 63:43
Recorded November 4, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Michael Marciano