Eye on the Future
Tenorman-composer-arranger Ed Summerlin created and worked at a jazz program at the City College of New York for nineteen years. Prior to that he'd cut a Tristano-influenced 10" LP for Prestige, wrote a well-regarded jazz mass and played with Don Ellis and Don Heckman in the 1960s. His writing and playing reflects both the post bop and experimental scene in the '60s. His rich charts for this piano-free sextet feature contrapuntal lines and shifting harmonies, while "Improvisation" is a free jazz track. Summerlin is basically a melodic soloist, but he likes to use multiphonics and grunts. Trumpeter Bruce Ahrens, trombonist Bob Norden and altoman Rob Finck contribute other fine solos.