Myron Walden

Apex Live: Volume One

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For the first time in ten years, Myron Walden reunited his former Apex trio, taking the stage with bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Eric McPherson. The three fall into a readily apparent familiarity, and unlike many of the other albums Walden has released between 2009 and 2011, the Apex set features him back on his customary alto. Highlights include "Imagine," a simmering, almost dirge-like number; a melancholy, almost depressed bare-all. There's a lot of pain in Walden's horn, and the fact that he can evoke this shows that he hasn't lost his repartee with his first sax. "Vision of a Visionary" is a driving head-nodder, propelled by Burno's thump and a pace that McPherson never lets die.