Bill McHenry
Roses
SSC1167
2007-09-11
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Roses - 6:10
African Song - 4:26
The Abyss Open Up - 4:46
The City - 3:50
The New One - 4:44
The Lizard - 9:00
Keys Of C - 8:06
Symphony - 3:27
Phoyo-Synthetic - 4:20

 

Musicians:
Bill McHenry - tenor saxophone
Ben Monder - guitar
Reid Anderson - acoustic bass
Paul Motian - drums

Bill McHenry is a bandleader on the rise. He has been an important asset to the New York City jazz scene for years, although a little below the radar. McHenry started as a member of the celebrated Smallís Jazz Club community that has produced many contemporary stars, including Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Guillermo Klein. Since then, McHenryís rich saxophone voice has enriched a number of amazing ensembles including Kleinís Los Guachos, the legendary drummer Paul Motianís Quintet and his own Quartet.

On his first recording for Sunnyside, Roses, McHenry is joined by the aforementioned Motian along with Ben Monder (guitar) and Reid Anderson (bass). This recording of forward leaning original compositions will definitely put McHenry on the map as a leader that should be watched.

Reviews:

For fans of Paul Motian's fantastic trio, Roses will no doubt satisfy...

Josh Baron, Relix - November 2007
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Throughout his gorgeous and uncompromising new record (ranked #3 in the 10 best of 2007)

Nate Chinen, The New York Times - December 2007 read the full article

Jazz at its best is always both old-fashioned and modern...(ranked #4 in the 10 best of 2007)

Ben Ratliff, The New York Times - December 2007 read the full article

Not every tenor saxophonist of Bill's generation has taken the trouble to have a truly distinctive tone, but Bill has had his own sound for as long as I have known him...

Ethan Iverson, DO THE MATH - November 2007 read the full article

Recorded in 2005 at New York's fat Cat Jazz Club, this is not your typical live-album-as-blowing-session.
Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes - April 2008 read the full article

Individuality is ofter touted as a key element of a jazz career; every right-thinking improviser strives to inject his or her work with a personalized stamp.
Jim Macnie, DOWNBEAT - December 2007 read the full article

'Roses' features in DOWNBEAT's HotBox
DOWNBEAT - December 2007 read the full article

Nice article by Eric Fine in Downbeat's September 2008 issue.

Eric Fine, DOWNBEAT - September 2008 read the full article

 

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