Wayne Escoffery Quintet :: $20 / $12 students (excluding 7pm Fri.)
Thursday, Sept. 19th :: 7 & 9pm
Friday, Sept. 20th :: 7 & 9pm
wayne escoffery - tenor saxophone
rachel z - keyboards
xavier davis - piano
ugonna okegwo - bass
jason brown - drums
Wayne Escoffery's new album is the latest in a string of discs that are steadily establishing him as one of the best tenor-men under 40. The Only Son of One features more of what we've come to expect from the London native powerful, inventive modern jazz lines, straight out of the Joe Henderson school. However on this album, were hearing a bit less Joe and more of his unique voice, which is a very welcome one.
At 37, Escoffery has become a prominent part of the New York jazz scene. In addition to his own group, he has been a member of Eric Reed's septet; The Mingus Big Band; Lonnie Plaxico's group; Abdullah Ibrahim's Akaya; Ben Riley's piano- less Monk legacy group; The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and since 2006, trumpeter Tom Harrell's widely respected quintet. He has received a decent amount of airplay and critical acclaim for his work as a leader and as a sideman. That should continue with this album, which is not only well played, but very accessible, but never to the point where it descends into mindlessness.