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Album Review

Saxophonist Tim Ries continues to prove himself a player and composer of great depth and maturity. Joined by trumpeter Scott Wendholt, guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Billy Drummond, Ries presents five originals as well as the melancholy standard "Some Other Time," a jazz-inflected reworking of J.S. Bach's "Sonata Nr. 2 Siciliano," and a snappy soprano rendition of Ornette Coleman's "Jayne." This last gives Colley and Drummond a chance to show off their formidable soloing skills. Ries's two fast-swinging numbers, "Indeed" and "Guardian Angel," feature some of Ben Monder's most bop-oriented playing on record; he sounds rather like Pat Metheny in straightahead mode. Monder also shines on "Free Three," a lively waltz with a beautiful contrapuntal head arrangement, and When I'm Through," the plaintive closer. Ries's own solos, on tenor and soprano, unfold with a sense of suspense and drama; his tone and melodic voice blends fabulously with the equally compelling Wendholt, especially on the lyrical "St. Michel." Compositionally, Ries's aesthetic falls somewhere between the free-bop of Ornette Coleman and the more ethereal harmonic universe of the ECM school. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Wearing numerous hats and having a deep résumé with plenty of famous names on it is par for the course for top-notch pickup and session musicians. Saxophonist Tim Ries went one better by cultivating a healthy solo career through a series of well-regarded solo albums, respected compositions and arrangements, and a sound Rolling Stone legend Keith Richards described as "amazing." A graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Michigan, Ries made his recording debut in 1983 on Maynard...
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 24 February 1998

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