The Humble Warrior


Format: CD

Release date: 10 Apr 2020
Format: CD
Grade: New (About gradings)
SKU: 101460
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Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery’s ‘Humble Warrior’ is his debut for Smoke Session Records and features pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Ralph Peterson as well as Randy Brecker on trumpet and guitarist David Gilmore.The skittering ‘Chain Gang’ has a drive and enery, propelled by Kikoski’s urgent piano lines, ‘Kyrie’ is more spacious and slower while ‘The Humble Warrior’ has a brooding, slowly unfolding narrative that ebbs and flows. Escoffrey is versatile and the band are totally on point throughout, paying homage to deep jazz traditions while keeping it inventive. The finger snapping ‘Quarter Moon’ adds another dimension while ‘Back To Square One’ is a firey improvisational gem. The smoky ‘AKA Reggie’ is a laid back gem on a set that will please lovers of hard bop/free jazz.

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