Sonny Fortune: You and the Night and the Music (2007)
Fortune's You and The Night and The Music shows the Philadelphia-born Fortune in fine form at the age of sixty-eightsomething he also showed in a rousing JVC Jazz Festival warm-up performance in the unlikely setting of New York's Macy's Herald Square, though playing primarily standards for the necessarily eclectic crowd.
Fronting a superb quartet on this discGeorge Cables on piano, the terrific Chip Jackson on bass and Steve Johns on drumsFortune plays a set long on standards ("Sweet Georgia Brown, "Besame Mucho, "The End of a Love Affair ), all of which are delivered with finesse, lyricism and the sharp, reedy tone that's become Fortune's signature. He also proves himself up to the high-energy demands of Dizzy Gillespie's "BeBop, which closes the album on an upbeat note.
While Fortune is known mostly as an alto saxophonist, he also reminds listeners that he's one of the best and most creative flute players in jazz, as evidenced by his gorgeous playing here on "'Round Midnight.
Track Listing: Sweet Georgia Brown; You and the Night and the Music; Charade; Round Midnight; Besame Mucho; Love Song; The End of a Love Affair; For Duke and Cannon; Bebop.
Personnel: Sonny Fortune: sax, flute; George Cable: piano; Chip Jackson: bass; Steve Johns: drums.
Record Label: 18th & Vine