About the album
Vincent Herring & Earth Jazz | Vincent Herring: saxophone | Joris Dudli: drums | Anthony Wonsey: piano | Richie Goods: bass.
After performing live for five years now, the members of Earth Jazz have developed a very distinct sound that draws on their collective experiences. “And on this recording we tried to get the same vibe in the studio that we get live on gigs,” explains Goods. “That’s why some of the songs are kind of long because everybody blows. This is no smooth jazz group, everybody in this band solos, and we blow like we’re playing a bebop set even though it’s in a funky setting.” With Dudli and Goods acting as the lock down Mike Clark-Paul Jackson rhythm tandem of this Earth Jazz quartet, they strike a nice balance between slamming grooves and freewheeling improvisation on Goods’ “Citizen of Zamunda,” Dudli’s energized “Tom Tom” and Wonsey’s savvy backbeat fueled Earth Jazz treatment of John Coltrane’s “Naima.” Herring soars majestically on soprano sax on Wonsey’s vibrant rhapsody “Black Fairytales” and demonstrates soulful restraint and lyricism on alto on his own reflective “Never Forget.” Grant’s “Morning Star” has Dudli swinging briskly with brushes beneath Herring’s relaxed, pungent alto tones, Wonsey’s chiming Fender Rhodes electric piano and Goods’ contrapuntal basslines. And the emotionally-charged closer, Dudli’s gospel flavored “You Got Soul,” has Herring testifying on alto sax alongside Wonsey’s churchy piano comping and Goods’ warm, woody upright bass lines.