Hadley Caliman: Gratitude

It’s been 31 years since his last album, but veteran West Coast saxophonist Hadley Caliman shows he’s still got chops in this brisk, joyous return. Caliman’s tone has a natural, humanist sound, with a soft edge and a voicelike cadence that makes even quick-tempo burners feel uniquely personal. Joe Locke’s effortlessly cascading vibe lines and Joe La Barbera’s tasty, rolling drum work provide steady momentum, while Caliman and trumpeter/producer Thomas Marriott make merry with gliding solos and warm bonhomie.