For this project, veteran tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards performs ten songs named after women's names, including his own "Saskia." Despite the potentially gimmicky nature of the repertoire, the music is conventional hard bop, played with spirit by Edwards, pianist Ronnie Mathews, bassist Chip Jackson, drummer Chip White, and (on four of the ten numbers) trumpeter Eddie Allen. Due to the fine solos of Edwards, Mathews, and Allen and the close attention paid to tempo and mood variations between songs, this is an excellent outing, well worth exploring by straight-ahead jazz collectors.
Ladies Man Review
by Scott Yanow