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Citizen Wayne [Nighthawks]

  • 1. Mondo
    2. Bar Next to the Roxy
    3. Orphanage des lphants
    4. 'Round Midnight
    5. Zero Hour
    6. Hace Mucho
    7. Maana
    8. Hornflakes Diner
    9. Back to the Beach
    10. Love's End
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4004

  • Credits
    ProducerDal Martino
    EngineerDal Martino

    Nighthawks: Reiner Winterschladen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Dal Martino (keyboards, guitar, bass).
    Additional personnel: Mickes Luker (Fender Rhodes piano, guitar); Steffen Kamper, Jurgen Dahmen (Fender Rhodes piano); Tobias Becker (keyboards); Stefan Krachten (drums).
    Recorded at Spinner Ace Studios, Cologne, Germany.
    Personnel: Lucas Schmid (vocals); Reiner Winterschladen (trumpet, flugelhorn).
    Recording information: The Spinner Ace Cologne.
    One tends to assume that the Citizen Wayne the Nighthawks are referring to is saxophonist Wayne Shorter. However, trumpeter/flugelhornist Reiner Winterschladen and bassist/keyboardist Dal Martino -- who call themselves the Nighthawks -- don't play any Shorter songs on this CD. Except for Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight," all of the material was written by the German improvisers themselves. So Citizen Wayne doesn't sound like a Shorter tribute, although Miles Davis (Winterschladen's biggest influence) was among Shorter's main employers in the 1960s. The music on this album (which tends to be moody) isn't hard bop or post-bop; it's fusion, and the Nighthawks' influences range from Tutu-era Davis to Michael Brecker. Unfortunately, Martino tends to overproduce, which is a mistake for a jazz musician. While heavy production is fine for hip-hop or dance-pop, jazz is better served by spontaneity. But despite that flaw, Citizen Wayne is likable. The writing is generally decent, and Winterschladen isn't a bad musician (although he needs to develop his own style instead of sounding so Davis-like). The Nighthawks would do well to cut back on the electronics and strive for spontaneity, but this German release has more plusses than minuses. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (3/01, p.72) - "...With its twisted take on familiar themes, the Nighthawks present a thought-provoking musical landscape with insight, humor and intensity..."
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