(English follows the Japanese)
By Takaaki Kondo
Recorded at Tedesco Studios,Paramus,NJ,December 19,2002
1. Yoko’s Delight
4. The Rain
5. The Herring Pelt Clause
6. Piece Part 2
7. Love For Sale
8. I’ll Sing You A Lullaby
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Altoist Vincent Herring continues to grow through the years. Still a bit influenced by Cannonball Adderley, Herring has developed his own personal voice on alto and has developed into a strong soprano sax player, too. This straight-ahead hard bop set finds Herring in top form and inspired by such talented sidemen as the Freddie Hubbard-influenced trumpeter Jeremy Pelt (who is on three songs) and pianist Anthony Wonsey. Jill Seifers has a heartfelt vocal on Herring's "I'll Sing You a Lullaby." The seven instrumentals feature Herring at the peak of his creative powers, making this one of his strongest recordings to date.
- All Music
To say that altoist Vincent Herring sometimes evokes the spirit of Cannonball Adderley is to take nothing away from his own individuality-any more than recognizing a
Charlie Parker influence diminishes one's respect for Sonny Stitt. Far from being anybody's clone, Herring has developed a personal style out of various sources, including, it seems to these
ears, Jackie McLean. But mentioning those two giants of the alto does suggest the idiom in which he works. And sure enough, Herring's latest album, All Too Real (HighNote), once again
demonstrates his firm command of the hard-bop language. With an excellent rhythm section of pianist Anthony Wonsey, bassist Richie Goods and drummer E. J. Strickland, and the assistance on three
tracks of the bright young trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, Herring offers a stimulating program that includes some hard-bop-style up-tunes, a gentle waltz and an uptempo Latin number. Highlights include a
masterful romp on "Love for Sale," a tune that Adderley made his own early on. A change of pace is afforded by vocalist Jill Seifers' lovely and affecting rendition of Herring's own "I'll Sing
You a Lullaby," which also highlights the leader's meditative soprano.
- By David Franklin, Jazz Time
Vincent Herring (born November 19, 1964) is an American jazz hard bop and post-bop saxophonist and flautist.
Herring's formal musical education began at age 11, when he started playing saxophone in school bands and studying privately at Dean Frederick's School Of Music in Vallejo, California. At age 16, he entered California State University, Chico on a music scholarship.
A year later, Vincent auditioned for a spot in the United States Military Academy band Jazz Knights playing lead alto sax. He made the move to West Point, which turned out to be a steppingstone to the New York jazz scene.
Since first touring Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton's big band, Herring has worked with Nat Adderley, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, The Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, The Mingus Big Band, Nancy Wilson, The Roy Hargrove Big Band, Arthur Taylor, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, Phil Woods Sax Machine (a band augmenting Woods' regular quintet to an octet with three additional alto saxophonists). Herring has appeared as a special guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center as well as with John Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band.
Herring has taken bands to Japan and Europe on several occasions and has appeared in nearly every major jazz festival in the world. He is also involved in jazz education, giving clinics throughout Europe and the United States. Herring has recorded 15 CDs as a leader and over 200 as a sideman.
He plays Yanagisawa saxophones i.e. a gold-plated A991 alto and gold-plated S991 soprano. His mouthpiece on alto is a prototype of the Vandoren V16, size 5 opening with a small chamber. He plays on Alexander Superial DC reeds, size 3½.
1989: American Experience
1989: Scene One
1990: Evidence (Landmark Records)
1993: Dawnbird (Landmark)
1993: Secret Love
1994: Days Of Wine & Roses MusicMaster
1994: Folklore:Live At The Village Vanguard MusicMaster
1995: Don' Let It Go MusicMaster
1997: Change The World
1999: Jobim for Lovers Musicmasters
2001: Simple Pleasure (Highnote Records)
2003: All Too Real (Highnote)
2004: Mr. Wizard(Highnote)
2006: Ends and Means (Highnote)
2010: Morning Star (Challenge Records)