CD Traveler [Mike Smith (Sax)] (CD 214850),
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Traveler [Mike Smith (Sax)]

  • 1. Traveler, The
    2. Rosebud
    3. Child's Paradise, A
    4. Chromatose
    5. Nepotism
    6. Monte Carlo
    7. Witch Hunt
    8. If You Never Come to Me
    9. Angel Eyes
    10. Full Tilt
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 462

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Smith; Robert G. Koester
    EngineerCarey Deadman

    Personnel: Mike Smith (soprano & alto saxophones, piano); Ron Friedman (flugelhorn); Jim Ryan (piano); John Whitfield (bass); Bob Rummage (drums, percussion); Julian Smith (drums).
    Includes liner notes by Zan Stewart.
    Personnel: Mike Smith (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, piano); Ron Friedman (flugelhorn); Bob Rummage (piano, drums, percussion); Jim Ryan (piano); Julian Smith (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Eric Smith; Mike Smith ; Carey Deadman.
    Liner Note Author: Zan Stewart.
    Photographer: Mike Roberts.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Mike Smith .
    Alto saxophonist Mike Smith has gradually moved away from doing primarily Cannonball Adderley repertory and concentrated on his own hard bop originals with a modicum of fusion and Afro-Latin influence. The 10 tracks on Smith's most recent date include five of his own compositions, plus other numbers contributed by drummer Bob Rummage, Wayne Shorter ("Witch Hunt") and Antonio Carlos Jobim ("If You Ever Come To Me"). Where on earlier releases Smith often phrased and articulated almost exactly like Adderley, his lines, phrasing, statements, solo construction and overall approach are now fully his own. These songs vary from introspective works to energetic numbers, but lean toward lush and lightly swinging material. ~ Ron Wynn

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/93, p.62) - "...Straightahead material runs throughout--much like that heard on 1950's Blue Note discs. Smith and cohorts deliver a full plate from the bebop menu...While there's homage to the past, Smith and his band are not merely retreading jazz tradition...."
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