Louis Scherr / Tommy Cecil / Tony Martucci

Warm Valley

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Although tenor great Joe Henderson is heard on five of the eight selections, this CD is worth picking up if only for the tightness of the fine trio (a co-op consisting of pianist Louis Scherr, bassist Tommy Cecil and drummer Tony Martucci) and the fine mixture of melodic originals ("G Flat Ballad" is particularly memorable) with three standards; guest cellist Susan Kelly is the lead voice on "Sarabande." Henderson's powerful presence gives listeners an additional reason to search for this straightahead set.

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