Tuesday, January 19, 2016
by Fred Davidson
This is a single-layer SACD on the Venus Label in Japan (also on regular CD, I believe) .
Unlike a lot of other Higgins releases, this is a quintet -- interestingly, with two tenor sax players: Hamilton and Peplowski. We also get clarinet work from Peplowski (wonderful! He's on my radar now, for clarinet-based recordings). It also features Jay Leonhart on bass and Ben Riley on drums.
I like the Venus mix -- very much in-the-room, very present. I envision a quiet bar/restaurant atop a hotel, overlooking Osaka, where the drinks and food are just fine, and the view is magnificent, and off to the side this group is winding its way through a bunch