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Album Review

Tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield's third Criss Cross recording represents a positive step in his growth as an artist. On Gentle Warrior, he plays with the same musicians who were on his previous two recordings: trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Tarus Mateen, and drummer Clarence Penn, with special guest Nicholas Payton sharing the trumpet duties with Stafford. Together they perform five Warfield originals, two different takes of Penn's "Subliminal Being," and the standard "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face," played with a medium slow groove. This song, along with Warfield's ballad "Lani," displays Warfield's romantic big-toned tenor, while up-tempo burners "Constant J" and "Time to Let Go" display a more energetic side of his musical personality. The recording's tour de force is Warfield's "The Grim Reaper's Rapture." It begins with a fierce collective improvisation that segues into a medium tempo, with a six-note repeating phrase played by bass and piano over which the haunting melody is played, and features intense solos by Warfield and Chestnut. This recording is an excellent example of Warfield's versatility as a composer and player, and is one of 1998's best releases.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, Jr. began to make his mark in the '90s. He demonstrated a swaggering, soulful tone and emphatic style during his solos on the anthology Tough Young Tenors, and will no doubt...
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Gentle Warrior, Tim Warfield
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 25 August 1998

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