Arthur Blythe (alto and soprano saxophones)
Nathan Davis alto, (tenor and soprano saxophones)
Chico Freeman alto, (tenor and soprano saxophones)
Sam Rivers (tenor and soprano saxophones)
Don Pullen (piano, Hammond organ)
Santi Debriano (bass)
Idris Muhammad (drums)
* Helmut Nieberle (guitar)
** Helmut Kagerer (guitar)
The second release by this magnificent, all-star repertory band features tributes to Benny Golson, Jimmy Forrest, Archie Shepp, George Adams and Johnny Hodges, among others. The tribute to George Adams, penned by his erstwhile partner, Don Pullen, is the beautifully poignant "Ah George, We Hardly Knew Ya", played with great feeling by Arthur Blythe. With its four differently orientated but enormously expressive saxophone stylists and its beautifully integrated rhythm section, ROOTS
has won widespread acclaim fromcritics and public alike.
"Exhilarating music played by exceptional musicians"