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Ends & Means

HighNote HCD7149



  1. Ends & Means
  2. Tom Tom
  3. The Song is Ended
  4. Stable Mates
  5. Norwegian Wood
  6. Wingspan
  7. Thoughts
  8. Caravan

Vincent Herring - Alto/Sop
Jeremy Pelt - Trumpet (3,6,7 & 8)
Danny Grissett - Piano
Essiet Essiet - Bass
Joris Dudi - Drums
Recorded New Jersey, June 2005

Vincent Herring is a musician I have always rated highly, but on this showing he has now developed into the complete master jazz man. There is not a track that failed to give me great listening pleasure. I notice that he also produced the album, once again the maturity shows through. There are new pieces, two compositions from drummer Joris Dudi, standards from the library of Berlin, Ellington and Lennon & McCartney, plus jazz standards from Benny Golsen and Mulgrew Miller. Putting this programme together is the work of a man who both knows what he wants to play and what his audience wants to listen to! What a great relief after so many jazz albums packed with original compositions which are only played once, after the album even the people who wrote them don’t play them!

Vincent Herring has taken all that has gone before in jazz and developed an interesting and unique style which has great melodic content, it must be something every jazz player would aspire to, but few manage. The remainder of the group are entirely complementary to Herring’s playing, Jeremy Pelt is a fine bebop trumpet player and the rhythm section perform the whole of their task with great merit always interesting and sympathetic to the soloist. There are some really fine solos from pianist Danny Grissett, who is a musician I expect to hear a lot more from in the future.

My congratulations to Vincent Herring, everything about this album makes into a must buy for the serious jazz, for me it puts him up there with the all time best, not an easy task!

Don Mather

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