Scott Whitfield demonstrates, through his writing as well as with his trombone, how much he and his Easterners enjoy maintaining a straightahead groove. This time he adds a personal salute to his mentor, Nat Adderley. Whitfield avoids the temptation of exotic, big-band voicings for his 12-piece ensemble yet never sacrifices instrumental color. Check “Naturally” for what sounds like flute/clarinet/muted trumpet figures behind solos by pianist Kenny Ascher and Whitfield (plus there’s an excellent flute solo by Dan Jordan).
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