Thursday, February 18, 2010

Recommended Listening: Myron Walden & In This World "What We Share"

I spent a decent amount of time listening to music on a recent road trip to Michigan with Alex Torres' band. One recording that I kept playing over and over was Myron Walden's What We Share by a group he calls In This World.

For most of his career Walden has primarily been known as an alto player. Recently his focus has shifted to the tenor and he's documenting this with a handful of new releases from several different bands.

In This World is comprised of Walden on tenor/soprano sax & bass clarinet; Mike Moreno on electric & acoustic guitars; Jon Cowherd on fender rhodes; Yasushi Nakamura or Chris Thomas on acoustic bass; and Kendrick Scott or Brian Blade on drums.

The music is lush and melodic. It's gentle and restrained yet contains an undercurrent of urgency that keeps it moving forward.

Take a listen for yourself.

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