David Sills: Hangin’ Five

On his debut, tenorist Sills plays the music of Lennie Tristano, Billy Strayhorn, Frank Rosolino, Miles Davis, Kenny Barron, Duke Ellington, and three of his own compositions. Sills playing, while low-key and without flash, is highly effective. “Ecstatic Static” pinpoints his flowing yet rooted style. Special guest altoist Gary Foster is heard on Tristano’s “Ablution.” Sills and Foster provide a swinging chase segment on “Voyage.” The other capable musicians are Cecilia Coleman, piano, Tom Warrington, bass and Sherman Ferguson, drums.