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Unified (feat. David Binney, Jeremy Pelt & Roy Hargrove)

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On his 2011 Sunnyside debut, Unified, tenor saxophonist and composer Stan Killian displays a big sound and a gift for writing appealing melodies. The Texas native has worked with a number of fine musicians, including pianist Luis Perdomo, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and guitarist Ben Monder, but it’s good to hear him as a leader. Unified draws from classics created by giants such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis. A few different musicians make up the core quartet’s rhythm section; pianist Benito Gonzalez plays piano throughout. On the opener, “Twin Dark Mirrors,” trumpeter Roy Hargrove joins Killian and his quartet for a warm-toned, swinging slice of straight-ahead jazz. The track gives the listener a taste of the fine music that follows. The Latin-flavored “Elvin’s Sight,” a tribute to Elvin Jones penned by Gonzalez, features excellent drumming by Darrell Green. The first half of the title cut finds the band working at a slow tempo; during that section alto saxophonist David Binney and Killian play off of each other in engaging ways. The driving “Eternal Return” closes the album on an energetic note.

Customer Reviews


Soothing Jazz- what a great track.

Great talent, cool sound

I was lucky enough to catch Jeremy Pelt play some in Norfolk and he is a firm testament to someone that believes in practicing your craft to keep your skill up. This sounds so much like the great and under appreciated albums from the cool jazz era that only the true jazz fans will look hard enough to find. Very cool sound!!


The title track gives you a great feel for this album. It combines harmonies that are oh-so-sweet with flights of individual expression that occasionally get raucous but never lose touch with the underlying theme. My ear detects no half-hearted tracks on this album. Each has its own identity and is performed with authenticity, spririt, and joyful collaboration by Killian's great working band, enriched with guest appearances by Roy Hargrove, David Binney, and Jeremy Pelt. It all works beautifully. This is a really great album!

Unified (feat. David Binney, Jeremy Pelt & Roy Hargrove), Stan Killian
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: May 03, 2011

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