Randy Halberstadt

Flash Point

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

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Seattle-based pianist Randy Halberstadt leads a potent quintet date featuring Origin regulars Thomas Marriott on trumpet and Jeff Johnson on bass, as well as alto saxophonist Mark Taylor and drummer Mark Ivester. They deliver strikingly original interpretations of Miles Davis' "Solar," Sam River's "Beatrice," and "On Green Dolphin Street," in addition to six intelligent post-bop flavored Halberstadt originals. Marriott is prominent on the swinging "Rigenia" and the melancholy ballad "Unspoken." "Five By Three" and "Discovery" are both luminous waltz numbers fueled by Ivester's brush work, the latter featuring a beautiful flugelhorn solo from Marriott. "Better Than One" is a crackling soul-jazz workout, while "Woofer," an edgy funk piece interspersed with tricky stop-time statements, is reminiscent of Wayne Shorter's writing on "Atlantis."








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