Rodney Whitaker "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" [SJL1007]
"stunning, ...will be welcomed by both critics and the record buying public." - Paul de Barros – Down Beat Magazine / Seattle Times
"Whitaker has developed into an intelligent, extremely focused musician. This record should be bought, and bought now" - Derek Day – Jazz Review Magazine
Bassist Rodney Whitaker is among the leading lights of a new generation of contemporary jazz musicians. At the age of eight he began playing the violin at his hometown of Detroit, switching to the bass five years later. His reputation as a powerful yet melodic player led to him replacing Robert Hurst in the Terence Blanchard-Donald Harrison Quintet. This was followed by a three-year stint with Roy Hargrove, and a period with Kenny Garrett. After recording with the likes of Blanchard, Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Garrett, Junko Onishi and Mark Whitfield, Whitaker issued his solo debut Children of the Light in 1996. Wynton Marsalis recruited Whitaker into the fold at the Lincoln Center in 1996 where he rapidly established himself as a key member of the Jazz Orchestra and the smaller ensembles such as the highly respected Wynton Marsalis Septet.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is Rodney’s fourth release as a leader and he has been featured on more than 90 other recordings.