New York City-based saxophonist Ted Nash garners sturdy support from his fellow "Jazz Composers Collective" associates, bassist Ben Allison, and pianist Frank Kimbrough on his latest effort. In addition, the inimitable Wynton Marsalis and rising star, Marcus Printup handle the trumpet duties on selected tracks. Simply put, this is Nash’s finest statement to date, due to the artist’s multifaceted compositional style and the group’s razor sharp interplay. On "The Shooting Star," drummer Matt Wilson drives the band via a boogaloo type swagger. Here, Marsalis and Nash render pert, unison choruses atop a vibrant arrangement defined by strong soloing and a hip, in-the-pocket groove. As the musicians pursue a medley of catchy themes, and sweeping, mid-tempo swing vamps. The piece titled "Bells of Brescia," features Nash’s nimbly executed lead lines, and warm-toned passages. To that end, all the musicians receive ample soloing opportunities, but it’s Nash’s densely layered compositions that provide the winning edge. With this outing, the saxophonist intertwines a hard-hitting attack with a noticeable degree of elegance and refinement. This is small ensemble jazz in all its glory, capped off by a distinct sense of perpetual motion and a few odd-metered deviations from the norm. A top pick for 2003....
Artist / Group Name:Ted Nash
CD Title:Still Evolved
Genre:Straight-Ahead / Classic
Record Label:Palmetto Records
Tracks:The Shooting Star, Jump Start, Still Evolved, The Competitor, Bells of Brescia, Point of Arrival, Idas Spoons and Rubber Soul'
Musicians:Ted Nash (tenor sax), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Marcus Printup (trumpet), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ben Allison (bass), Matt Wilson (drums)