Craig Purpura's new release, IGUANA IGUANA, will delight a lot of jazz listeners who enjoy tenor saxophone and flute. The jazz is lively, contemporary, and enjoyable.
There are 9 selections on this fine CD, and each one is good listening pleasure, such as "Fifth Floor Walk-Up" with Takashi Otsuka performing on bass, "Brazilian Ballad," "Before Now," a great rendition of Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," and the unusual "Suburban Savannah." Composer pianist/organist Alan Eicher does a memorable job on his composition "Before Now" as does Craigh Purpura on "Nicaragua."
What is most attractive about this CD is the manner in which the group plays together in a harmonic union of good melody and stylistic shadings, each musician giving his total all to his solo work while blending in perfectly with the other performers! Alan Eicher and Craig Purpura have each given different jazz compositions to this collection, and each is memorable in its own way.
If you like good contemporary jazz that gives different approaches to different jazz motifs, this is definitely a CD you will enjoy sharing with friends and having in your home CD jazz collection. Craig Purpura has a highly fluid saxophone & flute sound that is full and melodic.
IGUANA IGUANA is a nice combination of a lot of different themes, and a pleasant jazz collection to enjoy. In a sense, to quote from Cole Porter in regard to having this CD at home for listening --- you'd be so nice to come home to! Nice CD!!