Eric Wyatt’s newest release “A Song of Hope” is “highly recommended” according to Midwest Book Review
Whaling City Sound, whalingcitysound.com Chris Lowery (tr.), Theo Croker (tr., flic.), Clifton Anderson (trne), Eric Wyatt (sop., ten., voc), Donald Vega (p.), Eric Wheeler, Mike Boone (cb.), Jeff Tain Watts, Mekhi Boone (batt., voc.), Kahlil Qwame Bell (perc.), Samara Joy (voc.).
New York, ottobre 2020.
This record is the bomb. We announced it last October on the occasion of an article who took stock of the situation of jazz musicians in New York during the full-blown period of the pandemic. In reality, its publication was scheduled for last May / June, while it came out in September. But it was worth the wait. Here we discover – and with pleasure – a greater versatility of the Brooklyn tenorist, with an attention to that spirituality which is now overwhelmingly current and present in certain tributes that he has decided to dedicate to some of the prominent personalities of modern music (Coltrane’s “Central Park West,” McCoy Tyner’s “Contemplation,” Sting’s “Fragile). But there is not only this: the Latin-tinged “Sunset Park Bonita”, the funkish gait of “Fur Live” (a composition by the young and emerging trumpeter Chris Lowery), the bop of “Blues For RH” (dedicated to Roy Hargrove), the metropolitan emotionality of the title-track, ultimately the whole album is pervaded by a contagious energy that accounts for an in-depth and visceral knowledge of the jazz language. With a phrasing poised between Rollins and Coltrane, Eric Wyatt has always loved to surround himself with solid (Jeff Watts, Clifton Anderson, Donal Vega) and new ones (Theo Croker, Chris Lowery, 15-year-old Mekhi Boone on drums) brilliant personalities of American jazz. Once again he hit the mark.
“The Key” to a performers success is providing a beautiful, well developed performance for their viewers, and that is exactly what Eric Wyatt and the Mike Boone Trio do. Earlier this month the group was mentioned in the Philadelphia news letter. Twelve year old drum prodigy, Mekhi Boone, son of Mike Boone, played during the groups set. This month the age-diverse and talented group performed in Philly at Chris’s Jazz Cafe as well as at the Center City Fest and both performances were a hit! Eric Wyatt on the saxophone killed it. His skills originated with his father’s passion for the instrument. It then got passed onto Eric and ever since he has not only thrived but he also works to inspire other young jazz musicians. Keep in tune to hear of any upcoming Wyatt events!
Click here to view the Jazz Cafe performance!