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Tim Mayer Swings Out

Oct 10, 2011

Resilience is the property of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically and then, upon unloading to have this energy recovered – Wikipedia definition.

Following that somewhat dense explanation above, Tim Mayer’s Resilence serves as a good example of what happens when a talented young musician absorbs his influences and then, with the help of other talent, woodsheds top material and releases it on the jazz world. This is good stuff.

Mayer has wisely put together a top band and top material for this release. The CD features a basic quartet of Mayer on tenor sax, George Cables on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums, supplemented by ace players like Claudio Roditi and Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and Michael Dease on trombone. Dease is particularly memorable on “For Miles”, the swinging opening tune he also wrote.

A classic repertoire dominates the tunes, ranging from Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, and Fats Navarro compositions, to  a Great American Songbook selection by Jule Styne (“I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry”), to compositions by Mayer and collaborator Cables. Mayer is an expressive player, able to let loose on tunes like “Fire & Ice”, and swing in a classic straight ahead manner on Navarro’s “Dance of the Infidels” and  Morgan’s “Blue Lace”.

If there is nothing ground breaking or earthshaking here, that’s just fine. This is an album for those who like their sax straight, no chaser, and brings Tim Mayer to the forefront of today’s young players.