A Time for Love[Saxman]Every year he's a stalwart of the summer jazz series on the steps of the Albright-Knox Gallery. But none of what the tenor saxophonist plays with the Buffalo Jazz Workshop much resembles this sensitive disc of standards with synthesizer and strings. With his breathy Websterian low notes, fluid legato and mainstream melody, he's a solid tenor player in Zoot Sims mode, and that's not exactly a common commodity in jazz these days. He never quite makes it up one more notch into the sulfurous swing and absolutely unearthly beauty that will remind you of Stan Gets, but this is still happily unabashed as any mainstream tenor playing you'll hear this side of Scott Hamilton. The rest of the group isn't quite on his level, but his pianist and arranger, Dennis Michaels, has given him nice, undemanding settings to create a ballad disc of very pretty mood jazz. And there aren't all that many of those in jazz these days, either.
A Time for Love
I've wanted to do this CD for a long time, but it would not have been possible without the help of my friend, Dennis Michaels. Dennis is a brilliant arranger, pianist and vocalist who produced this project for me. His wonderful arrangements gave just the mood and feel I wanted. Thanks Dennis. Thanks also to the fine musicians (listed below) who worked on the project. Mark Vincent is a very talented engineer who recorded, mixed and mastered the CD. Great job, Mark. Finally I'd like to thanks all my friends and family who have been so supportive of my playing over the years. This album is dedicated to two loves of my life, Evvie and Sandy...enjoy...Don.1. I had the craziest dream (4:19)2. Someone to watch over me (4:01)3. When love disappears (4:59)4. I've got a crush on you (4:19)5. A time for love (5:25)6. I don't stand a ghost of a chance (5:09)7. The very thought of you (5:04)8. My one and only love (4:42)9. In the wee small hours of the morning (4:09)10. I'll close my eyes (3:57)11. We'll be together again (4:04)12. Two for the road (5:27)13. The night we called it a day (4:00)Thanks to:Dennis Michaels-Piano, Synthesizer StringsDoug Mac Donald-GuitarRichard Simon-BassPaul Kreibich-DrumsHerry Scorzo-ViolinMichael Harrison-ViolinDennis Michaels-Producer and ArrangerMark Vincent-Engineer recorded, mixed and mastered at: Multi Music Recording StudiosToluca Lake, CA 91602- May, 2000Stanford Lipsey-Photography