HanWal Production, 2011, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: The Back Step was recorded in 2001 but released a decade later with many notable points. Cutting to the chase, this baby swings hard from start to finish and is a title worthy of consideration! Chicago based trumpeter Frank Walton assembles a sextet with an all-star cast that includes the late pianist James Williams. Yoron Israel (perc), John Lockwood (b), Lance Bryant (ts) and Jaleel Shaw (as) round out the band. There are five selections; four are upbeat surrounding “Old Folks” the lone ballad. Isreal’s “The Move” and the title track stand out showcasing the brass. This is a great opportunity to also catch Williams shining in his prime.
Publicist: Lisa Reedy Promotions