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One for All is a jazz sextet unlikely to be known to most audiences. Although Incorrigible is their 14th recording as a group, they've not made the sort of splash that, say, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band has. Perhaps that is because they have no single outstanding front man. Their very strength is the egalitarianism of the group--all are fine performers and originally made their marks as sidemen for more well-known musicians such as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, and many more. This experience gives them a depth to their playing that is all-too rare in today's more pop-oriented jazz. The New-York based group consists of a front line of trumpeter Jim Rotondi, tenor sax player Eric Alexander, and trombonist Steve Davis, with a rhythm section led by pianist David Hazeltine. Typically, drummer Joe Farnsworth and bassist John Webber hold down the beat without being featured like the more traditionally melodic instruments--bass and drums tend to be something most people don't notice unless they are bad--but they supply the necessary element to make the jazz really cook. The sextet is often described as playing "hard bop", a style of music that originated with the advanced harmonies and virtuosity of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, but came to fruition with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, but One for All certainly play do more than just hard bop.
The rich sound of the trio of trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone is one I particularly enjoy, and One for All use it to great effect in their tunes. I particularly enjoyed the writing in trombonist Steve Davis' So Soon, and the eponymous Incorrigible by saxophonist Eric Alexander. The CD contains eight pieces, all but the first written by band members.Read more ›
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