Patrick Cornelius : Lucid Dream

Twice winner of ASCAP’s Young Jazz Composers Award, Patrick Cornelius has devoted the bulk of his second recording to original works. The seven examples given here show a dusky elegance that owes much to Wayne Shorter while retaining a unique identity. But Cornelius also has a wild side. His insistent solos on alto and soprano saxophones occasionally break loose, as on an inspired deconstruction of “Billie’s Bounce.” An agile quintet provides solid support throughout the set.