Heads Of State – Search For Peace (2015) [HDTracks 24bit/96kHz]

Heads of State – Search for Peace (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:07 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Smoke Sessions Records
Recorded: January 11, 2015

“There’s an inexpressible quality specific to jazz veterans of a certain age, a mix of gruff eloquence, watchful fire and baronial nonchalance. Heads of State — the saxophonist Gary Bartz, the pianist Larry Willis, the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Al Foster, all in their 70s — embodies that ideal on its debut album, Search for Peace.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times


Heads of State, featuring four of the most respected and admired jazz artists of our time releases its first recording Search for Peace. A band over 50 years in the making, Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams, and Al Foster had performed together countless times in different combinations and contexts over their storied careers, but it wasn’t until September 2014 that they appeared as a quartet. The occasion that night was a tribute to McCoy Tyner, and the results were so inspired and the response so overwhelming that they knew right away they had something worth keeping. As pianist Larry Willis puts it, “I don’t think there are any bands that are doing quite what we’re doing right now.” Now, their unique chemistry and musicianship is documented on Search for Peace. It features selections by John Coltrane (“Impressions”), Jackie McLean (“Capuchin Swing”), Benny Carter (“Summer Serenade”), Billy Strayhorn (“Lotus Blossom”) and, of course, the moving title track by Tyner (“Search for Peace”) Gary Bartz contributes two compositions (“Uncle Bubba” which Gary performed with McCoy and “Soulstice”) and there are two standards (“Crazy She Calls Me” and “I Wish I Knew” which Tyner famously recorded with Coltrane). It is a well-chosen and balanced set, but the selections are somewhat beside the point; this all-star quartet makes everything sound like magic.

1 Impressions 05:46
2 Uncle Bubba 04:32
3 Search for Peace 11:41
4 Capuchin Swing 07:28
5 Soulstice 07:21
6 Crazy She Calls Me 09:26
7 Summer Serenade 07:23
8 Lotus Blossom 06:56
9 I Wish I Knew 07:34

Gary Bartz – Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Al Foster – Drums
Buster Williams – Bass
Larry Willis – Piano



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