Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

by Todd Coolman

My latest recording "Perfect Strangers," features original compositions that I solicited from the public, which resulted in this recording of music by composers I did not know beforehand. Along with me, it features Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Jim McNeely (piano) and John Riley (drums).

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  1. 1 Crescent City Ditty 07:34
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  2. 2 Full Circle 08:47
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JazzTimes Review

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2009

Todd Coolman
Perfect Strangers

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Evan Cobb’s “Crescent City Ditty” jumps nimbly back and forth from earthy second line groover to hard boppish romp, highlighting Lynch’s razor-sharp high-note attack, Alexander’s bold, swaggering tenor lines and McNeely’s brisk single-note facility. Bill Stevens’ ethereal jazz waltz “Full Circle” is a relaxed vehicle, underscored by Riley’s deft brushwork, that serves as a beautiful showcase for Lynch’s cascading lyricism, McNeely’s sensitive touch and sophisticated harmonic sense and Alexander’s commanding facility through all registers of his horn.

Another highlight on this unique collection is Dana Malseptic’s “Connotation,” which features some muscular tenor soloing by Alexander and bristling trumpet work from Lynch in the uptempo blowing section. Riley is also turned loose against a band ostinato here. Mark Saltman’s midtempo swinger “Could You Imagine?” travels in more familiar territory and features particularly brilliant solos from both Alexander and Lynch. Erica Seguine’s affecting “C Minor Waltz” is given a lush, sensitive treatment by the quintet of first-call New Yorkers while Mike Williamson’s buoyant “Caribbean Sunset” has Alexander and Lynch combining for close harmonies on the front line in the tradition of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers or Bobby Watson’s Horizon with trumpeter Terell Stafford. The collection concludes on a thoughtful note with Ryan Truesdell’s beautiful and affecting “Pastorale,” highlighted by stirring solos from Alexander and McNeely.

Produced by Jon Faddis, Coolman’s colleague at Purchase, Perfect Strangers is a triumph in cooperative music-making.

 

Lexicon

Lexicon

by Todd Coolman

Todd Coolman's second recording as a leader, featuring Special Guest Tenor Saxophonist Joe Henderson.

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  1. 1 Lexicon 07:24
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  2. 2 Con Alma 09:55
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Lexicon Review

Review by Ken Dryden 
Bassist Todd Coolman makes his second recording as a leader with this Double Time CD. Accompanied by pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Lewis Nash, Coolman explores a mix of established jazz standards and newer works. The interplay within the trio is marvelous throughout "Con Alma." Coolman takes the spotlight in the bittersweet Duke Ellington ballad "All Too Soon," while the Latin setting of Benny Carter's "Summer Serenade" features Rosnes' hip solo, followed by a Coolman improvisation backed by Nash's hand drumming. Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson is added for three tracks, including Rosnes' turbulent "Lexicon"; a brisk, exotic take of "Caravan"; and the leader's "Canción Para Cadiz."