Spirits and Warriors
CRISS 1387 CD
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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 drummer 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.
LUIS PERDOMO, piano
ALEX SIPIAGIN, trumpet, flugelhorn
MARK SHIM, tenor sax
UGONNA OKEGWO, bass
BILLY HART, drums
Brooklyn, New York, February 18, 2016.
01. Face Up
05. Her Eyes
06. Year One
07. Glass Bead Games
08. Little Church
09. Portrait Of Jenny