Beautiful rendition of The Very Thought of You with exemplary accompaniment from David Hazeltine
New York City's resident hardbop sextet One For All returned to their 'headquarters' uptown at Smoke for two nights of burning straight ahead jazz. Friday night's second set (Dec. 9th) featured the band stretching out on a couple of its staples, beginning with pianist David Hazeltine's Messenger-ish ode to Cedar Walton �The Poo� and closing with the group's collaboratively composed theme �Nothin' To It�. In between the group grooved on tenor man Eric Alexander's arrangement of Bill Lee's classic �John Coltrane�, which opened with a virtuoso solo bass introduction by David Williams and featured powerful statements from Alexander and trumpeter Jim Rotondi, driven by Joe Farnsworth's propulsive stick and brush work. Trombonist Steve Davis' mellow sound was spotlighted on the set's ballad feature �You Don't Know What Love Is�.

The night's final show began with Rotondi's swinging title track to the group's first outing, �Too Soon To Tell�, followed by Farnsworth's Eastern- tinged �I See You Brother�, which featured muted trumpet wrapped warmly in the harmonies of Alexander and Davis. San Francisco vocalist Kim Nalley sat in for a beautiful rendition of �The Very Thought of You� with exemplary accompaniment from Hazeltine and then swung a straight ahead blues with the band. The satisfying set ended with Hazeltine's soulful �We All Loved Eddie Harris�.
Posted on: Thursday May 25, 2006 PST