One For All – The End Of A Love Affair (2001) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 58:30 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,35 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 2,32 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 767 MB
Quintet of Jazz aficionados explore standards on an audiophile SACD. Pianist David Hazeltine joins Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, Peter Washington, Jim Rotondi, and Joe Farnsworth for this set of standards including “Corcovado”, “Skylark” and “Stolen Moments”.
Their first venture for the Japanese Venus label, The End of a Love Affair finds One For All in the kind of hard bop mode that the Japanese audiences embrace lock, stock, and barrel. There’s even more of a focus on the type of standards that have not previously been explored by the group, namely “Skylark,” Jobim’s “Corcovado,” and Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments.” Of course, what makes for an engaging listen is the manner in which the familiar becomes reborn and pianist David Hazeltine can take a lot of the credit for crafting arrangements chock-a-block full of altered chords and suspended rhythms that find new routes to well-known destinations.
Three of the eight tunes on tap are originals and that’s where the sparks really start to fly. Hazeltine’s “How Are You?” grooves over a 12/8 Afro-Cuban feel that everyone navigates with ease, especially Steve Davis, who adds a smoldering solo that’s one of his best of the date. A rock solid support throughout, bassist Peter Washington steps up front for a harmonious statement that institutes the string of solos on Eric Alexander’s breezy “Shinjuku Waltz.” Then from the pen of Steve Davis, there’s the Blakey-inflected shuffle of “The Eyes Have It”, with combustible solo moments from Davis, Alexander and trumpeter Jim Rotondi.
01. The End Of A Love Affair
02. Stolen Moments
04. How Are You?
05. Shinjuku Waltz
07. The Eyes Have It
08. Street Of Dreams
David Hazeltine – piano
Eric Alexander – tenor saxophone
Steve Davis – trombone
Jim Rotondi – trumpet
Peter Washington – bass
Joe Farnsworth – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Troy Halderson.
Recorded on March 12, 2001 at Clinton Studio in New York.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-66.