This live recording originates from the Thelonious Monk Institute's Tenth Anniversary Gala, which includes excerpts from the competition among alto saxophonists. With a solid rhythm section of Kenny Barron, Christian McBride and Lewis Nash, Jimmy Greene and John Wojciechowski are impressive, but Phil Woods' protégé Jon Gordon walks off with top honors with his great renditions of "Giant Steps," "Body & Soul," and a tasty original, "Sicily." Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter are featured in a duo performance of "Memory of Enhancement," a prize-winning piece written by Michiel Borstlap for the Institute's composer competition. Because this CD is available only through BMG Jazz Club via mail order, it's likely to become a collectible.
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