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Performing with frequent collaborators Terell Stafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Tarus Mateen, and (Clarence Penn), Tim Warfield's debut as a leader is a fine mixture of original compositions, standards, and jazz classics. Although all of the nine selections on A Cool Blue are strong, two of the standouts are "Titi Boom I" and "Titi Boom II"; "I" is an uptempo blues, while "II" is slower but just as energetic, with a collective improvisation over a four-note bass vamp. Other highlights include a straight-ahead reading of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," a special arrangement of "Night Train," the beautiful title track, and the hard hitting "Mr Jin," introduced by a powerful Penn drum solo. One of the original Tough Young Tenors and an original member of the short-lived Jazz Futures, Warfield shows the potential to become one of the most distinctive tenor saxophonists in jazz.
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||I Didn't Know What Time It Was||A Cool Blue||8:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mr. Jin||A Cool Blue||6:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Cool Blue||A Cool Blue||5:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Titi Boom I||A Cool Blue||6:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Summertime||A Cool Blue||10:00||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Dedicated to You||A Cool Blue||11:36||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Night Train||A Cool Blue||7:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Titi Boom Ii (complex Dialog)||A Cool Blue||5:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Waltz for the Ordinary||A Cool Blue||6:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|