7 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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