A very cool-sounding group doing more than its share to keep mainstream sounds alive and vibrant.
Known for his smooth sound and Warne Marsh/Lee Konitz influenced lines, the tenor saxophonist and longtime member of the LA-based Acoustic Jazz Quartet presents ten originals reflecting on his recent tenure in New York City. Utilizing the swinging organ trio of Larry Koonse, Joe Bagg and Tim Pleasant, Sills puts together a most satisfying mainstream session.
1 New Break 7:51
2 Deep Sleep 5:18
3 Small Peaks 6:25
4 Stoned Eyes 6:24
5 Eastern View 6:22
6 Keys Found 5:02
7 Little Key 7:30
8 Tiger Tracks 7:12
9 Enomily 5:10
10 Cuttin' Back 8:38
All compositions by David Sills, Dasil Music BMI
Recorded & mixed by Scott Fraser on January 3-5, 2004
Mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering
Photography by Okhidei Otgonjargal
Color photo by Jeann Young
Layout & design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
With a solid organ trio backing him, tenor saxophonist David Sills grabs your attention with his very first solo on Eastern View's opener, the Sills-penned (as are all the songs here) "New Break." The tune opens with an organ-supplied bass groove backed by shimmering cymbals; then the guitar and sax enter, peeling off some tangy mid-tempo lines, un ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
On his first album as a proper lead for Origin, saxophonist David Sills is taking the opportunity to reflect upon his time in "The City" after a stay in New York (though his own usual locale is also a major city, LA has a different vibe to say the least). The all-original compositions here take a special effort to touch upon the New York aesthetic ...
L.A. Jazz Scene (Scott Yanow)
Jazz fans who go regularly to jazz clubs such as Spazio will recognize the names of the musicians on this CD: tenor-saxophonist David Sills, guitarist Larry Koonse, organist Joe Bagg and drummer Tim Pleasant. Each of the musicians are fixtures in the Los Angeles area yet surprisingly the ten originals written by Sills for this CD were composed dur ...