Conrad Herwig

Heart of Darkness

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On trombonist Conrad Herwig's Criss Cross debut, he has put together a group consisting of tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Billy Drummond to perform seven Herwig originals and one standard, "The Lamp Is Low." Herwig, a veteran of the bands of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eddie Palmieri, and Joe Henderson, among others, is known for his impressive technique and imagination, which he displays through this recording, and proves himself a writer of challenging compositions. Also, the addition of Harris' vibes to the group gives the compositions a unique sound. Highlights include the multi-tempo title track; "Inner Sincerity," a medium fast tune with a Latin-ish feel; "The Instigator," a medium blues; and "Tilt," the session's up-tempo burner. This is a welcome addition to the Herwig discography.

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