Tue July 23, 2024

Bobby Watson 'Post Motown Bop – 70th Birthday Tour' (USA)

Bobby Watson: alto saxophone
Jordan Williams: piano
Curtis Lundy: bass
Victor Jones: drums

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After dropping the synthesizers and reformatting his group Horizon in 1990, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson recorded one of the most memorable CDs of his career. His opener "The Punjab of Java Po'" is a powerful hard bop number with elements of East Indian and Brazilian influences, while its catchy bass vamp supports strong solos by pianist Edward Simon, trumpeter Melton Mustafa, and the leader. Drummer Victor Lewis proves to be as gifted a composer as Watson. He wrote two vehicles for Watson's soprano sax: "Big Girls" and the tense, uptempo "7th Avenue." The arrangement of standards such as "Falling in Love with Love" and "In a Sentimental Mood" are also worth noting. A very commendable but now out-of-print release. (Ken Dryden)