For the Nat Adderley fandom corralled amongst the jazz populace of which there is many, this tribute project ranks above most. Smooth in texture and graceful as to delivery, Doc Stewart’s 2005 release of Phoenix, a tribute to Cannonball Adderley is classic cool, mixed with modern innovation. Slight instrumental changes along with fresh age-diverse talent catapults this recording to a higher level of admiration.
Please take note this is not you’re atypical assembly line tribute. Stewart has injected Stewart style and intellect throughout. Tenor saxman, Lucas Pino, may be young but like a fine wine engages a smooth and delicate style as he pours out his sound. No short takes on this spin; each cut takes you on a long and complex musical journey. The Phoenix flies free and wild, so does this incredible sound!
"Sack O’ Woe," has outstanding rhythms and tone along with a heated sax.
"Stars Fell on Alabama," has such a sultry intro as the sax redefines the standard. Stewart and company recreate the Parish feel and execute a smooth texture to this classic sound. Pianist, Dan Delaney, compliments this cut with a solo as he enhances the effect. A premiere slice on this disc!
The whole project bleeds passion and heart knowing that Mr. Stewart’s effort is strongly embedded in each recording. A must spin for those times when your jazz appetite just needs something extra.