One For All – Killer Joe (2006) [Japan 2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:10 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,48 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 792 MB
Known for their hard-bop style of jazz, the sextet One For All was formed in 1997 and features Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone), Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Steve Davis (trombone), David Hazeltine (piano), David Williams (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums). The group has been compared to 1960s-era Blue Note jazz and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and borrowed the name One For All from the Jazz Messengers’ last album. Jazz Times’ critic David Adler has called One For All “New York’s premier hard-bop supergroup”.
One for All has developed into one of the solid hard bop units, consisting of six talented New York-based musicians, most of whom have recorded a fair amount as individual leaders. With tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, and trumpeter Jim Rotundi in the front line, along with pianist David Hazeltine, bassist David Williams, and drummer Joe Farnsworth providing a great rhythm section, the sextet delves into decades-old gems like “Killer Joe,” “Mating Call,” and “I Remember Clifford” with authority. But such a band needs to come up with original material to stay fresh, so Alexander contributed the mellow, sauntering ballad “Island,” which features superb interplay among the horns. Davis penned the driving”Hot Sake,” which sounds like it would have been perfect fodder for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, or any hard bop band. Recommended.
01. Killer Joe
03. Night Mist Blues
04. Mathing Call
05. Hot Sake
06. Say When
07. I Remember Clifford
08. You Know I Care
Eric Alexander – tenor sax
Jim Rotondi – trumpet
Steve Davis – trombone
David Hazeltine – piano
David Williams – bass
Joe Farnsworth – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by David Darlington.
Recorded on March 17, 2005 at Clinton Studio in New York.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-216.