Don't Count on Glory
Lindsay Horner is a flexible bassist whose vast résumé includes work with New York City downtowners Greg Osby, Bill Frisell and Don Byron as well as Irish folkie Susan McKeown. On his fifth album, Don’t Count on Glory, Horner showcases an organically eclectic way with writing and contextualizing his music, all the while dodging easy categorization.
The flexible cast includes drummers Bobby Previte and Allison Miller, keyboardist Uri Caine, guitarist Pete McCann and longtime ally Marty Ehrlich on alto sax. Nimble trumpeter Brian Lynch also appears, including on “Cuong Vu,” Horner’s tribute to the contemporary horn player named in the title.
The only nonoriginal on the session is Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys,” but it has a unique, percolating rhythmic perspective on the piece, with its angularriffing melody and undulant 7/4 groove. Blithe Celtic sonorities slip into the happy mix on “Shadow Girl,” before “Too, Too Blue” takes the album out on a blues-jazz-rock attitude.