Plays Ernie Krivda, Volume 2 contains the leftover tracks from a July 2003 session that produced Volume 1, with space considerations the only reason why these tracks were not released with the others. Tenorist Krivda possesses a readily identifiable style that features a fast-moving, staccato-like attack, utilization of the full range of his instrument, and a seemingly endless flow of original ideas on up-tunes, complemented by a warm lyricism on slower ones. The phenomenal young trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and guitarist Bob Fraser balance the leader’s aggressiveness with a somewhat more reserved approach but are still able to develop their well-constructed solos up to a high level of excitement. This collection of Krivda originals features another take of the gorgeous, Jobim-like, “Passage” that appeared on the earlier recording. Other highlights are “Three Legged Dance,” a complex mixed meter piece that requires and receives virtuoso treatment by all hands, and “Dele,” a three-minute solo tenor cadenza dedicated to Coleman Hawkins.
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