The international jazz community has long known Teo Macero as the producer of benchmark albums by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Dave Brubeck. But in the late 1950s, composer/tenor saxophonist Macero (b. 1925) was at the forefront of the Third Stream movement that sought to blend elements of European contemporary classical and American improvisational musics. Those components are deftly balanced by Macero and the Prestige Jazz Quartet, keyed by pianist Mal Waldron and vibist Teddy Charles (both Prestige regulars and fellow Third Streamers). The program is, for the most part, nocturnal in mood, cool in nature, compositionally intriguing, and improvisationally unorthodox--given 1957's hard bop and dry cool mainstreams. Most important, this is a thoroughly enjoyable collection.
with Teddy Charles, Mal Waldron, Addison Farmer, Jerry Segal