An album of bold and gratifying swing, “Incorrigible” highlights what a very good band can do when it’s bound together by friendship and a sense of purpose. The guys known as “One For All” are all accomplished solo musicians – the frontline includes trumpeter Jim Rotondi, saxophonist Eric Alexander and trombonist Steve Davis, and the rhythm section is powered by pianist David Hazeltine, bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth. This is their 15th album together and high-quality debut on the Jazz Legacy Productions label (Heath Brothers, Cyrus Chestnut).
The sextet has packed this album with a sonically rewarding blend of straight-ahead originals and one cover, an upended version of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Dogged by comparisons to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – the closing tune, “So Soon,” follows the Blakey creed with an infectious beat and a kick ass piano solo – the group embraces the late 50s Blue Note vibe and runs with it. Saxophonist Alexander gets his licks in on the exhilarating title track and Hazeltine’s “Blue For Jose” is steeped with rich solos from trombonist Davis and trumpeter Rotondi. Farnsworth keeps it flowing with his in-the-pocket beats and Webber provides dependable, tuneful support on bass. One For All is a collective of the first order and a tight outfit with grooves to spare and easily recommended. www.jazzlegacyproductions.com