Bar code: 8427328420631
4**** by All Music Guide
Seamus Blake is an amazing musician. One of the new voices on soprano and tenor sax who is getting a lot of attention from todays young listeners. Blakes big full sound on tenor is strong and swinging, and his tastefully sweet soprano underlines his compositions that swing between jazz and pop feels.
01. Perk (Blake) 8:23
02. Happenstance (Blake) 10:07
03. Northern Light (Blake) 4:49
04. Token Cello (Blake) 7:52
05. Extranjero (Blake) 10:48
06. G.S.S (Blake) 7:33
07. Taurus People (Dawad) 8:13
08. Of Ours (Blake) 4:06
Total time: 61:51 min.
Seamus Blake (soprano & tenor saxs), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jorge Rossy (drums), Jesse Harris (guitar).
Recorded in New York City, March 10 & 11, 1999
Engineered & mixed by Michael Brorby
Produced by Seamus Blake
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
"Seamus Blake's first disc on the Fresh Sound New Talent label is a marvelous showcase not only for the leader but also for guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, the album's other prominent solo voice. Bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy, together the backbone of Brad Mehldau's famous trio, lay down the ideal rhythmic universe for Blake and Rosenwinkel to flourish in.
Opening with the wild, funkified double-time of "Perk," the group goes on to traverse a wide swath of territory, from the classic post-bop swing of "Happenstance" and "G.S.S." to the experimental sounds of "Token Cello" and "Of Ours." Jesse Harris guests on second guitar for "Northern Light," a song that almost sounds like Simon & Garfunkel. (There's an uncredited vocal performance, probably by Blake.) "Extranjero," a lilting soprano sax feature, and Farouq Dawad's fast-swinging "Taurus People," the sole non-original piece, complete the inspired program.
With Stranger Things Have Happened, Seamus Blake proves many times over that he can go toe-to-toe with great young tenors like Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, and Mark Turner."
David R. Adler -All Music Guide