January/February 2005

Melvin Rhyne Trio
Tomorrow Yesterday Today
Criss Cross Jazz

The 68-year-old Melvin Rhyne, a key member of Wes Montgomery's original Riverside trio from 1959 to 1964, still sounds on top of his game as evidenced on Tomorrow, Yesterday, Today (Criss Cross). Joined by guitarist and frequent collaborator Peter Bernstein and ubiquitous session drummer Kenny Washington, Rhyne swings forcefully on snappy renditions of "Lover Come Back to Me" and "Tangerine" as well as on two separate versions of Wes Montgomery's "Jingles" (which Rhyne recorded with the guitarist in 1959). They are joined by tenor saxophonist Tad Shull on Kenny Dorham's rollicking shuffle "Buffalo" and on straightforward ballad readings of "Darn That Dream" and "Easy Living."

Originally published in January/February 2005
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