Altoist supreme Kim Richmond, and his long-time trumpet mate, Clay Jenkins, have put out a neo-bop collection that is at once adventurous, yet accessible. Crossweave features a rich selection of cleverly crafted originals, mixed with a few creative arraingements of jazz standards that will keep your interest for multiple listenings.
"CrossWeave," the third recording by trumpeter Clay Jenkins and altoist Kim Richmond's ensemble, takes advantage of Jenkins' new connections to the east coast by featuring some of the best of New York's improvisors. Pianist Harold Danko, bassist Jeff Campbell and drummer Rich Thompson , collectively known as the Eastman Faculty Jazz Trio, add a rich swing and vitality to what has long been one of the West Coast's more creative groups. Also featured is tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, a fixture of the Maria Schneider and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras. New takes on "The Touch of Your Lips" and "Groovin' High" accompany a set of originals by Jenkins and Richmond.
1. Troubleshooter 8:50
2. Always With You 9:48
3. Touch of Your Lips 7:41
4. Love is Kind 5:14
5. CrossWeave 8:04
6. Common Denominator 8:59
7. Beachwood 7:10
8. If You Could See Me Now 5:20
9. Groovin' High 8:15
Produced by Kim Richmond and Clay Jenkins
Recorded March 31 & April 1, 2003 at East End Studios, Rochester, NY
Recording Engineer: Jeff Gilhart
Mixing and Mastering: Talley Sherwood
Cover painting: Chris Zambon
Layout & design: John Bishop
Photos: Kim Richmond
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
CrossWeave's opener, Troubleshooter," drives in on a tight rhythm groove that leads into some clean three horn harmony by trumpeter Clay Jenkins, alto saxophonist Kim Richmond, and tenor sax man Rich Perry, with a sound that harkens back to the classic Blue Note Records days, some of those classic sets by Lee Morgan and Art Blakey. A tight, shining ...
All About Jazz/Los Angeles (George Harris)
Altoist supreme Kim Richmond, and his long-time trumpet mate, Clay Jenkins, have put out a neo-bop collection that is at once adventurous, yet accessible. "Crossweave" features a rich selection of cleverly crafted originals, mixed with a few creative arraingements of jazz standards that will keep your interest for multiple listenings. Be it on ...
CD Universe (Online review)
For those not familiar with the Kim Richmond/Clay Jenkins Ensemble, this disc is an excellent introduction into how jazz sounds when the rhythm section is real (non-synth) and the arrangements pull the horns together in a rhythmically complex yet harmonically clean unison that has become the trademark of Kim Richmond's arrangements. "Trouble Shoote ...
All Music Guide (Scott Yanow)
Altoist Kim Richmond and his co-leader, trumpeter Clay Jenkins, contributed six of the nine songs to this sextet session. The originals and the improvisations are very harmonically advanced and thick with chords, while still swinging. The underrated tenor saxophonist Rich Perry takes many creative solos, as does Richmond, Jenkins, and pianist Harol ...