Walt Weiskopf

Man of Many Colors

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Walt Weiskopf follows up the lush nonet sounds of Siren with a streamlined, hard-hitting quartet statement. Joining the ultra-chopsy but lyrical tenor saxophonist in a somewhat rare sideman appearance is pianist Brad Mehldau, with John Patitucci and Clarence Penn in the rhythm section. The leader's "Triangle Dance," in a high-spirited 6/4, kicks off the session; the remaining five originals run the gamut from the up-tempo swing of "NYC" to the contrasting straight-eighth feels of "Petal" and the complex title track, to the flowing bossa of "Together." Weiskopf and Mehldau close the album with a beautiful duet called "When Your Lips Meet Mine" and are both heard to great advantage on the two non-originals, Shwartz & Dietz's "Haunted Heart" and Jule Styne's "People."

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