New York Unit

Now's the Time

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The New York Unit's fourth CD, Now's the Time, recruited trumpeter Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson for a tour of Japan, during which this studio session took place. Peterson is joining pianist John Hicks, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer/leader Tatsuya Nakamura. What is surprising about this recording is the wide range of material, drawn from standards, swing, bop, and even New Orleans jazz. Peterson, who has had earned great critical acclaim yet has had insufficient opportunities to record as a leader, is on fire during the hard-charging opener, "Nothing Changes My Love for You." "Now's the Time" is old hat to bop players, but the group's off-kilter approach adds a touch by altering a portion of its theme. Peterson's equally at home with traditional songs, taking a gospel-inflected vocal in "Glory, Glory Hallelujah" and adding a sassy trumpet solo to a soulful interpretation of "When the Saints Go Marching In." The rhythm section is in great form, but Peterson's contributions leave the most lasting impressions.