Willis, Dan

Belle Avenue, 2020CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 26.4

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score: 77
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Saxophonist Dan Willis pays homage to the legendary Thelonious Monk on The Monk Project. There is a throwback, jazz-fusion vibe circa late 1970s that permeates the tribute. Opening with a gutsy, sax/guitar take of “Hackensack”, Willis and his band set the stage for a great session. Pete McCann (g), Ron Oswanski (Fender Rhodes), Evan Gregor (b) and John Mettam (d) are the core accompaniment for Willis. They swing hard on “Rhythm-A-Ning” featuring Oswanski, Mattam and Willis. This is a sound interpretation of Monk’s music.


Publicist: Jazz Depot