Joel Haynes Quartet
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Joel Haynes Quartet

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The best kept secret in music


Drummer Joel Haynes leads his working trio with guest tenorist Seamus
Blake at this cooking gig at The Cellar Restaurant/Jazz Club back in
early February. What a fun night this must have been! The working
group of Haynes with pianist Tilden Webb and Jodi Proznick plays
together like the Celtics defense-absolutely air tight.
All the tunes are originals, and the band is able to explore the
chordal nuances in the company of an appreciative audience. Driven by
the leader with his crisp stick work, the opening "Transitions" has an
irresistibly catchy melody sets the tone for an intense evening.
Blake's tenor has the perfect ingredients of groove and grit, and his
solos always keep your interest. His room filling tone on "L'Space" is
pure bel canto. The gospel-injected "Champagne Supernova" has some
testifying piano work by the Horace Silver styled Webb, while his block
chords (along with Proznick's bass) on the dramatic "The Wobbler" is
particularly effective. All through the set, Haynes moves the band
forward like a quarterback on a two minute drill, mixing up the plays,
and keeping the band working as a team, particularly on the Trane
tribute "Impress Me." A great evening for going out. Bring these guys
down south! - George W. Harris


Still working on that hot first release.



Currently at a loss for words...