Roy-alty (Dreyfus Jazz)
Released September 13, 2011
JazzTimes Top 10 Albums of 2011
While planning this recording, we lost our dear friend Francis Dreyfus. Francis began recording me nearly 20 years ago, an adventure that produced many wonderful albums and memories. I am thankful that Francis wanted to make this new recording, and it has been bittersweet making it in his absence. I think he would have been pleased with the result.
We dedicate this album to Francis – with our deepest gratitude. You meant so much to us, and you will be with us always.
1. Grand Street (Sonny Rollins) 5:57
2. They Call the Wind Mariah (Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe) 3:41
3. Off Minor (Thelonious Monk) 8:42
4. These Foolish Things (Eric Maschwitz / Jack Strachey) 8:23
5. Milestones (Miles Davis) 5:28
6. Tin Tin Deo (Walter Gilbert Fuller / Luciano “Chano” Pozo) 8:43
7. All the Bars Are Open (Chick Corea / Roy Haynes) 7:44
8. Pinky (Alfred Newman) 3:51
9. Equipoise (Stanley Cowell) 6:48
10. Passion Dance (McCoy Tyner) 7:00
Roy Haynes: drums, claves (6), vocals (6)
Chick Corea: piano (3, 7)
Roy Hargrove: trumpet, flugelhorn
Jaleel Shaw: alto saxophne
David Wong: bass
Craig Haynes: congas (10)
Roberto Quintero: congas, percussion (6)
Martin Bejerano: percussion (6)
Martin Bejerano: piano (10)
Robert Rodriguez: piano (10)
Jaleel Shaw: shaker (6)
Marcus Strickland: tenis saxophone (10)
Recorded January 16 – 18, 2011, at Skyline Studio, New York, NY
Produced by Roy Haynes and Doug Yoel
Dedicated to the memory of Francis Dreyfus
You could spend the rest of your days trying to come
up with superlatives to describe 86-year-old Roy Haynes, whose résumé virtually doubles as a
potted guide to post-war jazz. But while you’d be looking back at all he’s
done, Haynes is still firmly planted in the present, a point brought home by
the fact that he calls his group the Fountain of Youth Band.
That’s not to imply that the cleverly titled ROY-alty (did it really take this long for him to use that one?) is some kind of hip-hop/jazz hybrid bursting with electronics or any other deliberate attempt to be über-contempo. Haynes doesn’t need that. Instead, the album falls squarely into a well-defined postbop box, and therein Haynes is sharp enough to allow his much younger crew-bassist David Wong, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and pianist Martin Bejerano-to direct the proceedings as often as he calls the shots himself. ROY-alty isn’t so much a showcase for the drummer as the new recording by an exceptional band that just happens to have one of the all-time sticksmen keeping time.
On two tracks, the ballad “Pinky” and an uptempo take on the folk standard “They Call the Wind Mariah” that disguises the main theme convincingly, it’s just that basic quartet at work, and they’re an imposing bunch. But ROY-alty packs added star power in the form of Chick Corea and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, the latter on six of the album’s 10 tracks, the former on two. One of the Corea tracks, Monk’s “Off Minor,” gives Haynes a time-shifting workout, but he’s just as striking on more conventionally swinging numbers that pair the band with Hargrove, from the opening Sonny Rollins number “Grand Street” through the McCoy Tyner-penned closer, “Passion Dance,” which adds saxophonist Marcus Strickland, pianist Robert Rodriguez and Haynes’ son Craig on congas.
Jeff Tamarkin (JazzTimes)