is a nice set of eight original compositions by L.A. tenor man Andy Suzuki. The moods run from blues to straight-ahead jazz and bop, with some nods in particular to middle Coltrane. Suzuki fronts a fine band that includes drummer Kendall Kay, bassist Dean Taba, Nick Manson on piano and Steve Huffsteter on trumpet.
The disc opens with "Blue Perspective," a subtly swinging 20-bar blues. "Trisect" is a lively hard bop number nodding in the direction of "Giant Steps." "Costa Rica" swings with just a trace of a Latin accent. "A Good Day in a Bad Place" returns to the blues, with some tasty playing reminiscent of Ray Charles by Manson and a fine solo by Huffsteter. Suzuki plays a tender and lyrical tenor on the ballad "Aegean Tears." "Mr. D.T." is Dean Taba in a clever update of another number from Giant Steps. "Immutable Muse" has a soft, somewhat ethereal feel, while the set-closing "Jury Duty" has a witty noir theme and prominently features both Taba and Kay.
Each of the songs on Blue Perspective
are well thought out, and they work well together as a collection. The musicians each shine in their individual turns and share a good ensemble feel. Additionally, Suzuki provides brief notes on each song--one to three sentences-- which explain a little bit about what is going on musically and/or philosophically with each piece and help deepen your understanding of the music.