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Jazz - Released November 29, 2019 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released November 3, 2017 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Savoy

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Jazz - Released November 7, 2019 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1999 | MusicMasters

"...[a] delightful dance....[Herring] is unusually relaxed, letting his lyrical side play beautifully in the tropical evocations of the repertoire at hand."
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Savoy Jazz

Alto saxophonist Vince Herring has steadily developed his own tart, bluesy sound, emerging from the shadow of prime influence Cannonball Adderley. There is more spark, ambition and drive in his playing on this release than any previous date; he tries new things on each number and isn't afraid to stretch out. He is working with two bands and is consistently excellent with both units, and his sparkling sound overcomes the difference in quality between groups and makes this by far his best release. ~ Ron Wynn
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Be Bop - Released July 19, 2001 | HighNote Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1994 | MusicMasters

Altoist Vincent Herring gained his initial recognition for his ability to emulate Cannonball Adderley while a member of Nat Adderley's quintet. On this CD, a 1994 date made for the Japanese Alfa label and released for the first time in the U.S. in 1997, the emphasis is on slower tempos with just a few moments of heat (particularly Jobim's "Triste"). Pianist Cyrus Chestnut often gains one's attention with both his creative accompaniment and solos; bassist Jesse Murphy and drummer Billy Drummond are fine in support. Herring is in worthwhile form but does not stretch himself much in this setting, playing unadventurous solos on nine very familiar standards, most of which do not need to be revived again (such as "Star Eyes," "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "We'll Be Together Again"). ~ Scott Yanow
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Be Bop - Released November 27, 2015 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | MusicMasters

Altoist Vincent Herring's release is an impressive effort. Although he still sounds fairly close to Cannonball Adderley at times, Herring is continuing to develop as a fine modern bop stylist. Accompanied by a strong rhythm section (pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Ira Coleman, and drummer Billy Drummond), Rosnes explores Kenny Barronis' "And Then Again" and eight standards, including Jobim's lesser-known "If You Never," John Lewis' "Skating in Central Park," and Billy Strayhorn's lyrical "Chelsea Bridge." ~ Scott Yanow
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Be Bop - Released March 17, 2006 | HighNote Records

For this 2005 studio session, Vincent Herring switches to a rhythm section (pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Joris Dudli) that he had previously worked with exclusively in Europe. Renato Chicco, Herring's former pianist, contributed the upbeat opener, "Ends and Means," showcasing the leader and Grissett. Dudli contributed the funky "Tom Tom" (featuring Essiet) and the driving "Thoughts," the latter showcasing the leader's powerful soprano sax, with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt (who appears on half of the tracks) adding an excellent muted solo. The funky adaptation of Benny Golson's "Stable Mates" takes it in a new direction, while Duke Ellington's "Caravan" is easily transformed into a powerful hard bop vehicle. Jazz musicians have been covering tunes from the vast Beatles songbook for decades, but Herring's breezy adaptation of "Norwegian Wood" almost suggests a Scottish flavor, with the spotlight upon Grissett's inventive solo. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden
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Be Bop - Released March 13, 2003 | HighNote Records

Altoist Vincent Herring continues to grow through the years. Still a bit influenced by Cannonball Adderley, Herring has developed his own personal voice on alto and has developed into a strong soprano sax player, too. This straight-ahead hard bop set finds Herring in top form and inspired by such talented sidemen as the Freddie Hubbard-influenced trumpeter Jeremy Pelt (who is on three songs) and pianist Anthony Wonsey. Jill Seifers has a heartfelt vocal on Herring's "I'll Sing You a Lullaby." The seven instrumentals feature Herring at the peak of his creative powers, making this one of his strongest recordings to date. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1992 | MusicMasters

This Music Masters CD, released in 1991, contains altoist Vincent Herring's earliest recordings (some of which predate his association with Nat Adderley). Actually his Cannonball Adderley-inspired style was already recognizable. Herring is the dominant soloist throughout with pianists John Hicks and Bruce Barth making significant contributions. The material has a nice balance between fiery pieces and laidback ballads and most of the solos tend to be concise, melodic and swinging. ~ Scott Yanow
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Be Bop - Released November 27, 2015 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released February 22, 2017 | Music Mecca

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | MusicMasters

On alto saxophonist Vincent Herring's third Musicmasters release, he is joined by trumpeter Scott Wendholt, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Jesse Yusef Murphy, and drummer Carl Allen to perform seven originals (five by the group's members) and one jazz classic, Duke Pearson's hard-swinging "Big Bertha." Outside of "Big Bertha," this recording has a more relaxed, introspective feel, a departure from Herring's previous hard bop-oriented releases. Herring's big, Adderley-influenced sound is intact, but his attack is more restrained, expressing the emotions that help to shape the music, and his unison lines with Wendholt on the melodies give this recording much of its flavor. Other favorites include the Shorter-ish title track, Chestnut's Latin-influenced "Into the Midnight" (a feature for Herring's soprano), Tex Allen's "Sabrosa," which has a slower, Latin-influenced melody, and Wendholt's fast waltz, "The Unknown Ideal" (another Herring soprano feature). This is a welcome addition to the Herring discography. ~ Greg Turner
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Be Bop - Released April 13, 2004 | HighNote Records

Vincent Herring is complemented by rising young trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on this enjoyable studio date. "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" is a standard from the swing era, though the quintet translates it into a hard bop vehicle very well, with the leader throwing in a quick reference to another song ("Kerry Dance") from long ago. Herring is a bit playful in his treatment of the ballad "You Leave Me Breathless," while he handles McCoy Tyner's explosive "Four by Five" with finesse. But most of the session is devoted to originals by the band. Bassist Richie Goods contributed the funky, infectious "Citizen of Zamunda," which showcases the leader on his dancing soprano sax. Pianist Danny Grissert, who evidently made his recording debut with this CD, not only proves himself as a capable soloist, but also penned the exciting "Hopscotch" (marked by its use of stop time) and the tense "Encounters." Pelt wrote the relaxed yet intricate "Cassius" and the bittersweet waltz "The Walk Home." Herring wraps this successful outing by cooking on all burners with the band in his brisk modal work "Mr. Wizard." Hard bop fans will want to snap up this delightful CD without hesitation. ~ Ken Dryden
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Classique - Released January 23, 2015 | Laika Records

Jazz - Released October 31, 2019 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released August 10, 1999 | Metropolitan Records