Ernie Watts Quartet – Oasis
(Flying Dolphin Records FD 1008. CD review by Chris Parker)
Equally adept at the rich-toned theme statement and the double-time solos to which it frequently gives rise, Watts imbues everything he plays with sheer class, his time impeccable, his musical imagination delightfully fecund, his rapport with his impressive, sparky band faultless; he’s simply one of the most assured, resourceful saxophonists on the planet, and this album contains ten superb examples of his art.
Ernie Watts is at Ronnie Scott’s on May 7 and 8.