JazzTimes (p.86) - "The presence of horns is particularly welcome, something that is apparent from the outset, during the performance of the album's swirling and lustrous title track."
John Hicks Legacy Band: Elise Wood-Hicks (flute, alto flute); Craig Handy (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eddie Henderson (trumpet); Larry Willis (piano); Curtis Lundy (bass instrument); Steve Williams (drums).
John Hicks' sudden death in the spring of 2006 was a shock to the jazz world. This tribute CD salutes his work as a composer, pianist, and arranger, with the capable Larry Willis (an old friend) filling the piano chair, plus Hicks' widow, Elise Wood-Hicks, on flute; saxophonist Craig Handy; trumpeter Eddie Henderson; bassist Curtis Lundy; and drummer Steve Williams. The band opens with a breezy take of "Mind Wine," then moves on to the intricate "After the Morning," which features a captivating blend of flute and soprano sax. "Blues in the Pocket" is an upbeat hard bop vehicle that swings like mad, while the lush ballad "Heart to Heart" features Henderson's lyrical muted trumpet. "Naima's Love Song" is one of Hicks' best-known tunes, and Willis delivers the goods with his outstanding playing. Finally, Duke Ellington's "Single Petal of a Rose" is a heartfelt duet by Willis and Wood-Hicks to close the session. ~ Ken Dryden
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