A member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet for more than a decade, Victor Goines - who also runs the Jazz Department at the New York's Juilliard School of Music - hasn't had much time to present his own vivid musical vision.
Like his three previous solo dates, Goines' Criss Cross leader debut is a swinging affair.
The leader, a clarinet master of long standing, also focuses here on the tenor and soprano saxophone, showcasing a swaggering, romantic approach to the former and a pure, melodic concept on the latter.
The program mixes jazz standards and pungent originals; propelling the proceedings is the top-notch rhythm section you expect to hear on a Criss Cross date - pianist Peter Martin, LCJO bassist Carlos Henriquez, and drummer Greg Hutchinson.
|1.||Stop 'N' Go (Victor Goines) 5:54|
|2.||Pres' New Clarinet (Victor Goines) 6:36|
|3.||The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael) 6:39|
|4.||Eternal Devotion (Victor Goines) 6:00|
|5.||Cochise (Alvin Batiste) 5:54|
|6.||Waltz Beneath The Weeping Willow (Victor Goines) 7:11|
|7.||Petite Fleur (Sidney Bechet) 9:30|
|8.||New Adventures (Victor Goines) 9:21|
|9.||As We Mature (We Learn To Take Our Time) (Victor Goines) 7:39|
Total Time: 64:51
Recorded May 26, 2005 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman