THANK YOU, JOHN is a tribute to John Coltrane.
Producers: Bob Karcy, Jason Lehning, Ethan Eubanks.
Engineers: Dennis Wall, Kent Heckman, Lenny Argese, Jason Standard, Paul Wickliffe.
"My Favorite Things" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.
Personnel: Vic Juris (guitar); Joe Cunningham (flute, saxophone); Eddie Monteiro (accordion); Jeff Ellwood (saxophone); David Liebman (soprano saxophone); Joe Ford (alto saxophone); Benny Golson, Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone); Claudio Roditi, Justin Mullens (trumpet); Dan Fox (trombone); Mike LeDonne, Ted Rosenthal, Billy Taylor (piano); Guilherme Franco, Mark Zubek, Jamey Haddad, Ron Vincent, Steve Johns , Joe Farnsworth (drums).
Recording information: 39th Street Music, NY (11/23/1996-08/29/1997); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (11/23/1996-08/29/1997); Bioya Studios, NJ (11/23/1996-08/29/1997); Red Rock Recording, Saylorsburg, PA (11/23/1996-08/29/1997); Sound On Sound, NY (11/23/1996-08/29/1997).
THANK YOU, JOHN! commemorates the 30th anniversary of John Coltrane's 1967 death with reverent affection. Perhaps recognizing the futility of trying to play like Trane, the sax players resist the temptation to mimic his unique phrasing. Instead, David Liebman's soprano solos on "My Favorite Things" and Bob Mintzer's tenor work on Nova Bossa Nova's excellent "Moment's Notice" salute Coltrane's exploratory zeal by stamping the familiar melodies with their own unique styles.
Billy Taylor and Ted Rosenthal neatly sidestep the issue by performing Coltrane's most famous compositions, "Naima" and "Giant Steps," in the piano trio form, showcasing how brilliantly Coltrane's innovative melodic and harmonic ideas translate to other instruments. The two pieces by Coltrane's childhood friend Benny Golson are perhaps the most affecting, while Red Time's acid-jazz closer "Take the Trane" makes one wonder about the directions in which Coltrane might have moved had he lived.