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Tim Warfield: A Cool Blue

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These well-executed dates could all be considered modern-mainstream in approach. None of them are involved with any free blowing or boundary-breaking. All feature exceptional writing and arranging and the kind of tightness one associates with working bands.

Warfield’s aggregation hearkens back to the mid-’60’s Miles approach, and it occurs to me that those of us who still feel that Miles turned his back on not just his audience but the music itself when he went electric might be interested to see younger players going back to Miles’ point of departure. Warfield (tenor), Terrell Stafford (trumpet) and Cyrus Chestnut (piano) are all accomplished players at their best, I think, with the more cerebral abstractions they get into on the faster tunes. The soloing on the slower standards is more predictable. Bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Clarence Penn are solid.

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