A soulful improviser, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring plays with a warm, throaty tone and an ear for combining swinging, blues-based acoustic jazz with advanced harmonic ideas. Fittingly, given the early influence saxophonist Cannonball Adderley had on Herring, it makes sense that he first came to prominence alongside cornet player Nat Adderley in the late 1980s. He has remained a vital proponent for carrying forward the hard bop tradition and has played with luminaries like Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Phil Woods, and the Mingus Big Band. As a leader, his albums flow from hard-hitting acoustic dates like 1989's Scene One with Jack DeJohnette and 2004's Mr. Wizard with Jeremy Pelt to organic funk explorations like 2010's Morning Star, as well as bold team-up's like 2012's Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke with saxophonist Eric Alexander. As ...
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