CD Live at Sweet Basil [Enja Band] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 4338416),
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Live at Sweet Basil [Enja Band] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Unnameable, The
    2. Purse
    3. Lorietta
    4. Snalking
    5. Yvette
    6. Clockwork
    7. Duke and Mr. Strayhorn, The
    8. Form an X
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8034

  • Credits
    EngineerDavis Baker; K. Naito; David Baker

    The Enja Band: Willie Williams (tenor saxophone), Gust Tsilis (marimba, vibraphone), Uri Caine (piano), Michael Formanek (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums).
    Recorded live at Sweet Basil, New York from December 18-19, 1992.
    All songs written by members of The Enja Band.
    Personnel: Willie Williams (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Uri Caine (piano); Gust William Tsilis (vibraphone, marimba); Michael Formanek (bass guitar); Cecil Brooks III (drums).
    Recording information: Sweet Basil, NY (12/18/1992/12/19/1992).
    Photographer: Gene Martin.
    The Enja Band was a short-lived co-op band featuring three up and coming artists who recorded regularly for Enja: Willie Williams on tenor and soprano, vibraphonist Gust Tsilis, and bassist Michael Formanek, plus pianist Uri Caine and drummer Cecil Brooks III. Each of the musicians contributes at least one original to the eight-song program, which contains such titles as "The Unnameable," "Snalking," and "The Duke and Mr. Strayhorn." The music is post-bop with plenty of explorative moments and fairly free improvising along with some hard swinging. All five of these stimulating musicians are heard in top form throughout this underrated but very worthwhile set. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/94, pp.130-131) - "Straight ahead and swinging is the central formula here, with ample helpings of blue sonorities....Formanek and Brooks are particularly well-locked in to the groove from the jump. Williams' is the album's beacon; he's a considerable tenor player..."
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