A veteran of the groups of Nicholas Payton and Adonis Rose, saxophonist Tim Warfield breaks significantly from the format of the four previous Criss Cross sides. One For Shirley pays homage to the legendary organist Shirley Scott, with whom Warfield played on numerous occasions back in the early 90s.
As was the case on the critically acclaimed A Whisper In The Midnight (Criss 1122), Terell Stafford makes for a perfect front-line partner, the trumpeter obviously comfortable in the organ combo format thanks to his current work in Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts. Denver resident and rising star Pat Bianchi tips his hat to Scott, but does so in a way that proves he's an individualist worthy of wider recognition. On drums the great Byron Landham from Philadelphia. Daniel G. Sadownick plays congas and percussion.
Covering a good deal of ground, Warfield is heard on both tenor and soprano saxophones as he plays it cool on "Yours is My Heart Alone", updates swing numbers like "Stompin' at the Savoy", and settles in the groove for "The Beat Goes On".
|1.||Cristo Redentor - Calvary (Duke Pearson - traditional) 9:44|
|2.||Oasis (Shirley Scott) 8:43|
|3.||Lullaby For Nijee (Tim Warfield) 6:22|
|4.||The Beat Goes On (Sonny Bono) 11:45|
|5.||Stomping At The Savoy (Benny Goodman / Andy Razaf / Edgar Sampson / Chick Webb) 4:51|
|6.||Make It Last (Dick Haymes / Bill Paxton) 5:34|
|7.||Sometimes You Got To Let The People Know (Tim Warfield) 5:12|
|8.||Tokyo Girl (Tim Warfield) 8:29|
|9.||One For Shirley (Tim Warfield) 8:12|
|10.||Yours Is My Heart Alone (Ludwig Herzer / Franz Lehár / Fritz Loehner) 8:44|
Total Time: 77:41
Recorded October 21, 2007 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Ross