When it comes to musical material, a nexus between quality and reception is never a sure thing, some choice compositions and performances receive their flowers while others slide into relative obscurity. 'Off the Charts' takes an inspired set list of lesser-known works by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea and others and brings them back into their well-deserved spotlight. Delving into the past calls for a cast attuned to the present, and Richard Baratta has assembled an incredible lineup. Pianist David Kikoski comes with his own brand of kinetic energy, bassist John Patitucci serves as the backbone of the band, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi brings his signature sound to the fore, and percussionist Paul Rossman proves to be a vibrant colorist and rhythmic collaborator.
Together, with Baratta spurring them on, this crew brings out the best in this superb selection of inspired music.
Richard Baratta: drums
Jerry Bergonzi: tenor saxophone
David Kikoski: piano, electric piano (track 5 only)
John Patitucci: bass, electric bass (track 5 only)
Paul Rossman: congas, percussion