Friday, September 17, 2010

Seattle Soprano and Alto Sax Man Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson. Another new name to me. He comes out of Seattle with a quartet for his first album, Clarity (Pony Boy 50163-2). There's Jon Hansen on piano, who has a Tyner-Corea affinity and a nicely honed flourish. The bass-drums team of Chuck Kistler and Adam Kessler do a fine job keeping the momentum going. Dave Anderson's soprano and alto sax deliver cool agility and pure-toned extroversion. A little like Joe Farrell in his sound and attack, especially on the soprano. Just a little.

The set furnishes plenty of modern jazz blowing. And it is clear that Anderson and Hansen are up to the challenge of the prolonged exposure the album furnishes. They are both good, strong players and the rhythm team bolsters them. Clarity is fine listening.

Very nice first effort. I hope they continue on and have much success.

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