David Sills

Journey Together

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The cool-toned tenor of David Sills is featured on this likable release. Sills does a reasonable impression of Warne Marsh on Lennie Tristano's "317 East 32nd Street" and his own "Where It's At" (based on "What Is This Thing Called Love"), but Sills actually considers Joe Henderson one of his main influences. The 28-year-old tenorman is a fine improviser whose musical interests mostly lie in jazz of the 1950s and '60s. His tastes are shared by his sidemen: pianist Alan Broadbent (who sometimes steals solo honors), subtle guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Darek Oles and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Sills is particularly strong on the ballads ("Soul Eyes" and "We'll Be Together Again"), where his tone is a bit haunting. Overall, this is an excellent set of fairly advanced straight-ahead jazz.

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