Rodney Whitaker: Children of the Light

Rodney Whitaker, the twenty-something phenomenon who has quickly built up an impressive sideman resumŽ over the past few years, takes center stage on his debut CD in the tradition of his Detroit homeboys Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Bob Hurst. Joined by Roy Hargrove, Nick Payton, Wallace Roney, Cyrus Chestnut, Geri Allen, Kariem Riggins and James Carter, Whitaker’s rich tone and melodic phrasing dominate the CD’s 11 tracks: from the torrid African tempo of “Mandela’s Muse,” his sly versions of “Broadway,” and “On Green Dolphin Street,” to his swinging solo on the Cubop-based “Woman Child.” Overall, a good start to a long career.