The set spends some time-and spends it well-saluting the late trumpeter, Miles Davis
Following the critical and commercial success of his recent "The Sound of a Dry Martini," alto saxophonist Brent Jensen presents "Stay Cool." Teaming with Los Angeles-based tenor player David Sills and his compatriots from "Martini," bassist Zac Matthews and drummer Dean Koba, they planned Stay Cool as a homage to the work of Lennie Tristano, but the scope evolved into an examination of cool from early Lester Young on through the cool/West Coast sounds of Tristano, Konitz, Lanny Morgan, and Gerry Mulligan. If listeners ever thought of cool as dated music, Stay Cool informs them otherwise; in many ways, this brand of cool is the music of the next minute.
Taken from the liner notes by Jeff Fox, host for NPR's JazzWorks
1. Two For Prez 6:11
2. Deep Sleep 4:12
3. 317 E. 32nd Street 5:57
4. Lover Man 6:02
5. Where's It At? 3:44
6. I'll Remember April 5:01
7. Friends Again 5:50
8. Lady Be Good 6:01
9. Broadway 4:43
produced by BRENT JENSEN & DAVID SILLS
executive producer: JIM DEBLASIO
recorded March 29, 2002 at the BAKERY, North Hollywood, CA
engineered by ANDY WATERMAN
mastered by STACY CARSON
photos by ANNE & JESSIE JENSEN
layout & design by JOHN BISHOP/OriginArts
JazzTimes, May 2003 (David Franklin)
Although many youner players look to the hard-bop of the '50s and '60s for inspiration, it's much less common to find youthful players who reflect the values of the erstwhile "cool school." But altoist Brent Jensen and tenorist David Sills, two saxophonists inspired by the likes of Paul Desmond, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, are among the few. In the ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
This is an exploration of the cool jazz movement from some 50 years later. Brent Jensen studied for a time under Lee Konitz, and is here accompanied by three quarters of the Acoustic Jazz Quartet (the missing member being guitarist Jamie Findlay). Tenor sax accompaniment is provided by David Sills (a student of Gary Foster) and the songs tend towar ...
Mr. Lucky (Steve Sando)
The Brent Jensen/David Sills Quartet quite cleverly revives the West Coast Jazz sound on the disc Stay Cool (Origin Records 82403). Honestly, we were expecting next to nothing and then found ourselves running over to the stereo to turn up the volume once the recording got started. West Coast Jazz, in certain circles, has the reputation for being th ...