Scene One

Vincent Herring

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Scene One Review

by Scott Yanow

Vincent Herring's recording debut as a leader was originally released on the Japanese Somethin' Else label and reissued in the U.S. by Evidence a decade later. Recorded shortly before Herring began playing with Nat Adderley's group, Scene One features Herring not sounding as influenced by Cannonball Adderley as he would become, although there are hints of Cannonball during his romp on "What Is This Thing Called Love?." Herring sounds Trane-ish on "Elation" and purposely hints at Charlie Rouse on "Roused About" but generally sounds quite original, both on alto and soprano (during "Almost"). Pianist Darrell Grant takes some impressive solos, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Jack DeJohnette push the lead voices, and Kris Defoort sits in on DeJohnette's "Where or Wayne" on synthesizer. The music overall is straight-ahead, adventurous, passionate and mostly high-powered. Scene One, though somewhat obscure, was a very impressive debut for Vincent Herring, who has since lived up to his great potential.

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