Watts, Ernie

Flying Dolphin, 2016CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 22.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
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Performance: 4
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Sound: 4
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O’s Notes: Ernie has been breathing passionate notes into his sax for decades and seems to get even better with time! Watts spends most of his time in Europe now days exciting audiences with his quartet including pianist Christof Saenger, Rudi Engel on bass and Heinrich Koebberling on drums. We’ve had the pleasure of experiencing Watts live at the Jazz Keller in Frankfurt Germany and are happy to relive the spirit of that experience on Wheel of Time. The program is mostly originals: 4 by Ernie and 1 each from the band members. Burners like “Inner Urge”, ballads like “A Distant Light” and bouncy cuts like “Andi’s Blues” provide a solid foundation for rich melodies and creative, meaningful improvisations. The title track is a reflective piece dedicated to the late icon Charlie Haden capping another winner for Watts.


Publicist: Jazz Promo Services