Tenor Madness – 1989

Jimmy Heath & David Murray

A three-tenor jam on a Sonny Rollins blues

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At the 1989 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, four world class local players (tenor-saxophonist Knut Riisnaes, pianist Niels Lan Doky, bassist Arild Anderson, and drummer Alex Riel) welcomed two American greats: tenors Jimmy Heath and David Murray.

On Sonny Rollins’ medium-tempo blues “Tenor Madness,” the three saxophonists all have their chance to make statements.

Riisnaes is excellent, Heath (while essentially a bebopper) showed that he was a contemporary of John Coltrane, and Murray (after a relatively mellow start) blows the roof off with his upper register explorations.

-Scott Yanow


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