...an exceptional comeback for an unsung maverick of modern jazz.
From Dexter Gordon to Freddie Hubbard to Santana through to his recent critically-acclaimed "Gratitude," Hadley Caliman's 78 years has been filled with the kind of personal achievement that all creative artists strive for. On "Straight Ahead," Caliman visits some of his favorite tunes including his old friend Harold Land's "Rapture," the Lee Morgan classic "Totem Pole," and with his own original "Cigar Eddie," he provides a spirited opening to another classic recording. Featuring his working Seattle band with trumpeter Thomas Marriott, pianist Eric Verlinde, Phil Sparks on bass, and Matt Jorgensen on drums, "Straight Ahead" is another clear example of a living legend in top form.
1. Cigar Eddie
3. You Leave Me Breathless
5. Blues PT
6. Lush Life
7. Totem Pole
8. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Produced by Thomas Marriott
Executive Producers Matt Jorgensen & John Bishop
Recorded on November 26, 2008 at Two Sticks Audio, Seattle, WA
Mixed, recorded and edited by Don Gunn
Mastered by John McCaig at panicStudios
Photography by Chad McCullough
Cover design by John Bishop
Audophile Audition (Jeff Krow)
When we reviewed Hadley Caliman's return to the leadership role on Gratitude, back in 2008, we welcomed back a long-neglected artist, who had settled in Seattle, content to play in local Northwest settings. Gratitude opened some eyes to a saxophonist who still had full range and power well into his 70s. Hadley had been a great sidemen for both majo ...
All About Jazz (John Barron)
Seattle-based saxophonist Hadley Caliman returns to the recording studio with his working band for Straight Ahead, the follow-up to his superb Gratitude (Origin, 2008). Aided by trumpeter/producer Thomas Marriott, pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Matt Jorgensen, the 78-year old Caliman charges head-on through a set of standard ...
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
Hadley Caliman has had a long, distinguished career as a sideman, appearing on albums by Gerald Wilson, Bobby Hutcherson, Hampton Hawes, and Joe Henderson, among others, though he has had relatively sporadic opportunities to record as a leader. His second CD for Origin indicates he may have found a regular outlet for his music, backed by the youn ...
JazzChicago.net (Brad Walseth)
Based on his background and abilities, it is astonishing that a player like tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman is not more well-known. Originally from L.A., Caliman studied with Dexter Gordon before touring with Mongo Santamaria, Gerald Wilson, Willie Bobo, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and many more, even - at one point - touring ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
The most appealing thing about Hadley Caliman, save for his very eloquent name, is his equally eloquent and understated tenor saxophone playing. Firmly in a post-Coltrane context, Caliman plays a virile and muscular tenor saxophone whose tone compels because of its carefully crafted rough edges. Straight Ahead follows up his 2008 Origin release Gra ...
JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
Veteran tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman?he was on the Central Avenue scene in Los Angeles during the '50s?teams with golden-toned trumpeter Thomas Marriott on the frontline for this inspired outing. Flaunting a beautiful, burnished tone and remarkable fluidity on his horn, Caliman sails through his "Cigar Eddie," Harold Land's "Rapture" and Lee Mo ...
Cadence (David Franklin)
Hadley Caliman recorded with the likes of Gerald Wilson, Don Ellis, and Mongo Santamaria in the 1960s and with such folks as Hampton Hawes, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and a raft of other Jazz and Pop stars, as well as his own groups, in the ?70s. But the 78-year-old tenorist did not make another record until his return to the studio for a CD u ...
The Wire (Alan Chase)
Seattle-based saxophonist Hadley Caliman, recently reemerged after close to 30 years in obscurity, with his latest Straight Ahead on Origin Records. Back in the 1970s, Caliman was the saxophonist of choice for artists ranging from Santana to McCoy Tyner. As the title of this CD implies, this is a straight-up, no-holds-barred, hard bop-oriented sess ...