The debut album from the second iteration of the Blue Note All-Stars, 2017's Our Point of View is an ambitious, highly rewarding double-disc set from the 21st century jazz supergroup. Brought together by Blue Note president and album co-producer Don Was, this version of the Blue Note All-Stars features pianist and album co-producer Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott. Each a highly gifted and well-respected solo artist in his own right, together they've come up with an album that avoids the normal clichés of building an all-star supergroup. Rather than play a loose set of well-worn standards, the Blue Note All-Stars focus on original compositions that highlight their own maverick, individualist tendencies. Thankfully, they also play wonderfully as an ensemble and are able to zero in on a sound that works for each member as part of the greater whole. Cuts like Scott's "Cycling Through Reality" and Hodge's "Second Light" have a flowing architecture that balances a roiling, avant-garde improvisational flair with tightly wound contemporary rhythms.
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpeter Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, bassist Lionel Loueke, guitarist Kendrick Scott, drummer Marcus Strickland, tenor saxophonist Special guest appearance by Blue Note legends Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock!
1. Bruce's Vibe 2. Cycling Through Reality 3. Meanings 4. Henya 5. Witch Hunt 6. Second Light 7. Masquelero 8. Bayyinah 9. Message of Hope 10. Freedom Dance 11. Bruce, The Last Dinosaur