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Jazz - Released May 10, 2018 | Criss Cross

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Jazz - Released May 4, 2010 | Criss Cross Jazz

Saxophonist Tim Warfield has been associated with the Wynton Marsalis/Lincoln Center post-Young Lions of mainstream jazz for quite some time. With A Sentimental Journey, he might be making inroads to breaking that mold with a collection of standards fortified by the B-3 organ of Pat Bianchi and given different shadings or flavors. With trumpeter Terrell Stafford as second-in-command, Warfield takes the effortless lead on most of these chestnuts, with primarily his tenor sax and a little soprano. There are three short but sweet songs, including a quaint tango/march version of "My Man" with Warfield playing a Sidney Bechet-toned soprano. The rest are long and involved jam-type workouts as Warfield's tenor is assertive and up-front. A slow, slinky, lugubrious take on "Sentimental Journey" and similarly steamy approach to the Brazilian-tinged "Speak Low" emphasize what is mostly a program of easy swing, ballads, blues, and bossas, with "Crazy Rhythm" the energetic exception. Drummer Byron "Wookie" Landham is the lone rhythmic instrument, and unlike his groove-oriented work with Joey DeFrancesco, he tones down the proceedings with taste and grace. Warfield is not so much distinctive as tasteful, not shattering barriers but playing enjoyable, straight-laced music. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Criss Cross Jazz

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Criss Cross Jazz

Tim Warfield, a big-toned, swaggering titan of the tenor saxophone, has decided to make his contribution to the jazz organ group tradition with ONE FOR SHIRLEY. The lady of the title is Shirley Scott, the late queen of jazz organ, with whom Warfield often played in the 1990s, and this set pays tribute to her style of bop-laced soul-jazz. Warfield’s tenor (and soprano) is joined by Terrell Stafford’s trumpet and Pat Bianchi’s organ in a simmering, groove-heavy update of a Scott original as well as swing era and ‘60s pop classics--plus some nifty Warfield originals to put the icing on the cake.
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Jazz - Released February 19, 2015 | Criss Cross

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Criss Cross Jazz

Tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield's third Criss Cross recording represents a positive step in his growth as an artist. On Gentle Warrior, he plays with the same musicians who were on his previous two recordings: trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Tarus Mateen, and drummer Clarence Penn, with special guest Nicholas Payton sharing the trumpet duties with Stafford. Together they perform five Warfield originals, two different takes of Penn's "Subliminal Being," and the standard "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face," played with a medium slow groove. This song, along with Warfield's ballad "Lani," displays Warfield's romantic big-toned tenor, while up-tempo burners "Constant J" and "Time to Let Go" display a more energetic side of his musical personality. The recording's tour de force is Warfield's "The Grim Reaper's Rapture." It begins with a fierce collective improvisation that segues into a medium tempo, with a six-note repeating phrase played by bass and piano over which the haunting melody is played, and features intense solos by Warfield and Chestnut. This recording is an excellent example of Warfield's versatility as a composer and player, and is one of 1998's best releases. ~ Greg Turner

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