Scott Wendholt

What Goes Unsaid

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This solid quintet session is Wendholt's first since the release of 1997's excellent Beyond Thursday. All the tracks except for "September in the Rain" (played in a 5/4 arrangement) were written by Wendholt, in contrast to the thoroughly mixed format of the previous record. Wendholt's unabashedly straightahead writing, while not terribly original, takes some interesting twists and turns -- consider the busy, unison 16th-note lines that arise quite unexpectedly on the C section of "Her Allure." While What Goes Unsaid doesn't quite have the live, spontaneous spark that Beyond Thursday did, it is still an auspicious showcase for Wendholt's virtuosic horn, as well as that of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. Pianist Anthony Wonsey, drummer Dennis Irwin, and drummer Billy Drummond make for a sensitive and yet forceful rhythm section. Wendholt crafts a beautiful ballad melody on the title track, and at the other end of the spectrum, a fast, irresistible bop line on "Bright Moon." On the 6/8 hard bop vehicle "Tangled Webs," he begins his solo accompanied only by Irwin -- one of several instances of ensemble give-and-take that make the group well worth hearing.

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