For his fourth Criss Cross recording,
pianist Luis Perdomo offers a swinging affair,
on which a crackling quintet of New York first-callers interprets 7 originals
by the leader (the centerpiece is the well-wrought six-piece
"Spirits and Warriors Suite" that gives the CD its title),
Clifford Jordan's iconic jazz standard "Glass Bead Games,"
and the classic ballad "Portrait of Jenny".
Propelled by drum grandmaster Billy Hart and
bassist Ugonna Okegwo, who lock in like life-long partners,
tenor saxophonist Mark Shim and
trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, a Criss Cross regular,
uncork cogent solos, some inflamed, some nuanced.
Perdomo, 44, plays throughout with the old soul clarity, grit,
maturity and freshness that have earned him deep respect from the best and brightest
representatives of the hardcore jazz and Afro-Caribbean practitioners on the
international playing field.
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Face Up (Luis Perdomo) 5:11
Sensei (Luis Perdomo) 7:39
Aura (Luis Perdomo) 6:40
Ralph (Luis Perdomo) 6:22
Her Eyes (Luis Perdomo) 7:09
Year One (Luis Perdomo) 7:45
Glass Bead Games (Clifford Jordan) 6:56
Little Church (Hermeto Pascoal) 4:50
Portrait Of Jenny (J. Russell Robinson) 8:21
Total Time: 61:00
February 18, 2016
Brooklyn, NY, USA