The brazen display of emotional range emanating from the man's horn is overwhelming...a sonic delight from start to finish.
Following up on 2007's critically acclaimed Shade, Seattle-based saxophonist Richard Cole's Inner Mission further solidifies his position among the important voices on the tenor saxophone. Once again utilizing the talents of long time-friend and trumpet giant, Randy Brecker, Cole leads the group through a maze of deconstructed jazz and pop standards, as well as several thought-provoking originals. "Come Together" gets a dark and smokey treatment, while Cole and pianist Bill Anschell's co-written "Blame It On My Reed" sets the band into a burning spiral of rhythm changes. With a sideman cast that reads like a "who's who" of Pacific Northwest jazz, Inner Mission documents another landmark in the seasoned career of this "brilliant, fertile" player (Earshot Jazz).
1. J & J 5:45
2. Come Together 7:08
3. Lana 6:57
4. Try To Remember 8:25
5. Slow Hot Wind 4:59
6. Blame It On My Reed 6:51
7. RootRot 5:31
8. The Meaning Of The Blues 7:18
9. Secret Love 8:10
Richard Cole - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Randy Brecker - trumpet, flugelhorn (1,2,5,6,9)
Thomas Marriott - trumpet, flugelhorn (4,7)
Bill Anschell - piano, electric piano (2,3,5,6,7,8)
John Hansen - piano (1,4,9)
Chuck Deardorf - bass (2,3,4,9)
Jon Hamar - bass (1,4)
Paul Gabrielson - bass (8)
Doug Miller - bass (7)
Jeff Johnson - bass (3)
John Bishop - drums (3)
Matt Jorgensen - drums (1,2,4,5,6,8)
Jose Martinez - drums (7)
Gary Hobbs - drums (9)
Produced by Richard Cole
Co-Produced by Bill Anschell & Glenn Lorbiecki
Recorded by Reed Ruddy at Studio X, Seattle, WA, Nov. 15, 2007
(3) May 7, 2007 Avast II Studios, Seattle; (7) March 5, 2006 Studio X;
(9) May 21, 2005 Studio X; (8) recorded by Glenn Lorbiecki at Glenn
Sound, Seattle, WA, January 29, 2009
Mixed by Glenn Lorbiecki (1,2,4-8), at Glenn Sound,
and Reed Ruddy (3,9) at Robert Lang Studio
Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Ross Nyberg Mastering
Photography by Jim Linna
Design and layout by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Excellent music can come from construction and deconstruction equally. That seems to be the main point to be proven by saxophonist Richard Cole's Inner Mission. A number of original numbers build from the ground up here, forming a complex sound from primary elements in combination with co-writer and pianist Bill Anschell. At the same time, classic ...
Oregon Jazz Society (George Fendel)
A Seattle cat who, it might be said, travels the Coltrane Highway with a solid rhythm section of Bill Anschell, Chuck Deardord and Matt Jorgensen. Sometimes, for my ears, Cole steps over the cliff, as on the opener, "J & J." On five tunes, Cole brings in Randy Brecker on trumpet and flugelhorn. They fly first class on a trippy original. On "Slow Ho ...
JazzScan.com (Ric Bang)
This is another release from the great musicians who have made the Pacific Northwest their home; only world-famous trumpeter Randy Brecker resides elsewhere. This Seattle-area congregation consists of more than a dozen musicians who perform in various quartets and quintets, depending on the track. Brecker and Thomas Marriott handle the trumpet a ...
JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
A hard-blowing tenor player from the Pacific Northwest, Richard Cole joins trumpeter Randy Brecker, pianist Bill Anschell and various rhythm tandems on his fourth album as a leader for the Origin label. Cole and Brecker demonstrate a tight chemistry on the urgent opener "J&J," the hard-boppish "Blame It on My Reed" and a swinging "Secret Love." C ...