Rodney Whitaker Quartet "Winter Moon" [SJL1026]
There is an old saying that "you can judge a man by the company he keeps", and for sure, Rodney Whitaker keeps very good company. A first call bassist for many years, Whitaker was, until the start of 2003, a member of the internationally famous Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra - serving the band for over six years. During that time he also played and recorded for the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Diane Reeves and Kenny Garrett amongst many others.
Having left Jazz @ LCO to pursue his own muse, Rodney Whitaker infuses all the elements of his considerable gifts on "Winter Moon", his new studio recording - a beautiful album that is also a fine testament to the superb taste that has made him one of the most respected musicians on the current scene.
This quartet date features three other world-class artists - Eric Reed (piano), Ron Blake (saxophones) and Carl Allen (drums), and is a wonderful example of the remarkable musical understanding these fine musicians share.
This new CD will be Rodney’s fifth as a leader and is a follow-up to his earlier recording on Sirocco, the much admired "Yesterday Today & Tomorrow". (SJL 1007) which featured, amongst others, Wynton Marsalis, Wes Anderson, Wycliff Gordon and Dianne Reeves.
Choice tunes, great playing and, it has to be said, splendid company all-round. "Winter Moon" will grace any record collection.