New live CD by Onaje Allan Gumbs Return to Form, Live at the Blue Note (Half Note Records)
After years of perfecting a piano touch regarded by many as state-of-the-art, Gumbs has re-emerged to lead an acoustic group, his first foray heading a traditional jazz ensemble for an entire recording project.
Onaje first established his reputation playing with trumpet great Woody Shaw, from whom he developed a rich harmonic palette and a keen feel for melody. His writing and arranging owe much to artists as diverse as Henry Mancini, Horace Silver and Gil Evans.
Album selections include originals "Left Side of Right" (a nod to Eddie Harris and Les McCann), "First Time We Met" and "Quiet Passion", as well as John Coltrane's "Equinox" and Billy Strayhorn's "Daydream.
Onaje Allan Gumbs leads a group that features bassist Marcus McLaurine (Clark Terry, Cleo Laine), drummer Payton Crossley (McCoy Tyner), percussionist Gary Fritz (Roberta Flack) as well as special guest, saxophonist Rene McLean."
The CD will be distributed by Ryko Disc. Street Date: November 7, 2003, get it here at Amazon.com.