For Ralph Bowen's fourth date as a leader for
Criss Cross, he returns to the organ combo format
that made 2002s Soul Proprietor
(Criss 1216) a significant departure
and valuable addition to the tenor man's precious catalog.
Returning from that session are trumpeter and Criss Cross
regular John Swana,
organist Sam Yahel,
and guitar man Peter Bernstein,
with drummer Dana Hall rounding out the ensemble.
Bowen's muse is an advanced take on the freewheeling implications of
John Coltrane's pioneering vernacular. As such, he tackles the framework
of the organ goup with a fresh outlook that has more to do with the late
60s work of Larry Young than the grits and gravy approach of Jimmy Smith.
In addition to the four of his own originals, Bowen puts a new spin on
Woody Shaw's "Rahsaan's Run",
Joe Henderson's "Step Lightly",
and U2's "Drowning Man".
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Step Lightly (Joe Henderson) 10:01
Baby Girl (Ralph Bowen) 7:48
First Hiatus (Ralph Bowen) 8:00
Free Time (Ralph Bowen) 9:45
Blues Cruz (Ralph Bowen) 7:14
Drowning Man (U2) 12:30
Rahsaan's Run (Woody Shaw) 8:40
Total Time: 64:04
October 20, 2007
Brooklyn, NY, USA