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By Kenny Weir
Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
"TENOR saxophonist Gordon Brisker recorded the first album released on Naxos Jazz before journeying to live and work in Australia for several years. His return to the US coincides with his second release for the label, and a very different record it is.
While he retains the services of trumpeter Tim Hagans from the 1996 outing, The Gift, the new album's flavour is dictated by the enlistment of a fiery rhythm team, drummer Billy Hart and bassist Anthony Cox. Pianist Mike Nock joins the lineup, and contributes the opening tune The Open Path, on an album of challenging and often bustling and beautiful compositions. This is smart music by terrific artists."
Gordon Brisker (saxophone)
Tim Hagans (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Mike Nock (piano)
Anthony Cox (bass)
Billy Hart (drums)
Combining vivid compositions with some burning, loose improvising, veteran saxophonist/composer Gordon Brisker is a special player who creates rock solid real jazz. Besides his strong personal tenor sound, Brisker has the ability to compose vivid tunes that find contrapuntal space and open doors for his bandmates' imagination. Further enhancing the music here is Mike Nock's eclectic modern playing and trumpeter Tim Hagans' originality. My Son John is a fascinating musical document with a bounty of rewards.
Timed with the release, Brisker returns to the U.S. after a five-year stint as lecturer at the University of Sydney
Among the most underrated tenor saxophonist and composer
Sidemen include Naxos Jazz music director Mike Nock on piano
Tim Hagans is a Blue Note recording artist and multiple Grammy jazz nominee.
An unsung force from the West Coast scene, Gordon Brisker is one of the best composer/arranger around and he deserves much more attention than he has received. He earned his stripes in Los Angeles as a writer for hire. Besides his own group, he has performed with Gerry Mulligan, the Woody Herman Herd and Anita O'Day. Recently, he has completed a five-year stint as lecturer at the University of Sydney and returned to America. His recordings include About Charlie (Discovery), featuring Tom Harrell, as well as his Naxos Jazz debut, The Gift, in 1997.
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