Because it opened with one of Monk's finest compositions; "Misterioso", I spent a good deal of time with BILL ANSCHELL's RUMBLER [Origin Records 82728]. Anschell not only offers up a fine arrangement here but he takes the composition head on and goes through various tempos, at one point turning it into a straight blues. Brian Monroney contributes some wonderful guitar work and saxophonist Richard Cole contributes strong playing - offering up chewy Johnny Griffin-like work. With the exception of the Monk composition and "For No One" (Lennon/McCartney) and "Reflections In D" (Ellington), the 11 tracks [65:55] here are Anschell originals. While the tunes have personality, the trio [Chris Symer-b and Jose Martinez-drm] plus "guests" on various tracks, fails to excite in the manner of the opener and so
for me the rest of the CD was anti-climatic, paling in comparison.