Live at Dizzy’s Club - The Music of Elvin & McCoy
Release Date: January 19, 2024
Label: Woodneck Records

Recorded at the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center venue, Cannon’s latest musical endeavor honors two musical giants: McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, with whom Cannon proudly played alongside for 14 years, and nine years respectively. Invoking the true essence of McCoy and Elvin, Cannon’s vehicle features an outstanding ensemble of musicians who also shared the stage with these giants: pianist Dave Kikoski, drummer Lenny White, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and trombonist Steve Turre.

Nothing says ‘lineage’ like a congruence of living legends paying homage to two of the great architects of the jazz artform. To tap into the immense spirit of Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner is no simple task, and no one is more suited to lead such an ambitious outing than bassist Gerald Cannon. Cannon has McCoy’s adventurous harmonic ethos and Elvin’s rhythmic invention spun into the very strands of his own musical DNA. The Music of Elvin & McCoy tells a story about Cannon’s musical journey, chronicling his years with Elvin, McCoy and also the time that he spent with pianist Larry Willis in the Roy Hargrove Band. These mentors were revered by Cannon who acted as the common thread in their ensembles for many years. 

Over the course of two evenings, June 3 - 4, 2022, at New York City’s iconic Dizzy’s Club, audiences were treated to many moments of passion, grace and soul delivered by Cannon and his esteemed bandmates. Bassist Buster Williams, who shares storied histories with Jones, Tyner and Willis, remarks in the liner notes: “...this is the quintessence of art. It’s no surprise that this is an exceptional recording. These guys know how to breathe, they know how to trust, they create freedom for each other.”

The album begins with Elvin Jones’ “EJ’s Blues”, immediately showcasing the sheer tightness of the rhythm section and the communication taking place between the frontline players, Cannon, and drummer Lenny White. The group then changes tempos and delivers one of Gerald Cannon’s compositional gems  - “Three Elders”. This heart-rending composition demonstrates the bandleader’s deep love felt for Jones, Tyner and Willis. Henderson begins the piece with a solo trumpet intro reminiscent of ‘taps’, in honor of these three fallen heroes who paved the way for us all. 

The band delivers a spirited rendition of Elvin Jones’ “Three Card Molly”, a tune that originally appeared on Jones’ Genesis album. Cannon offers a rousing, lyrical solo before shifting into one of McCoy Tyner’s classic compositions, “Search For Peace”. The piece features Lovano and Henderson who both masterfully convey a story with their horns over McCoy’s changes. The piece gains its buoyancy through Cannon and White’s impeccable feel. McCoy’s “Blues in The Minor” begins with Cannon and White, and then the ensemble joins explosively. Kikoski offers a brilliant solo, harkening to McCoy’s fourth-filled voicings and pentatonic refrains. Cannon, Kikoski and White are so locked that they appear to be joined at the hip. Lovano and Irby bring a true fire to this piece with their supple melodic invention. 

The band continues with another McCoy Tyner piece entitled “Home”. White’s driving cymbal-work brings a crispness to the piece that is perfectly complemented by Cannon’s deep groove and Kikoski’s left hand. On this piece in particular, one can hear, undeniably, the joy that this group feels playing together. Kikoski’s solo is both insightful and elegant, befitting McCoy’s composition. The group explores an array of dynamics and textures on “Contemporary Focus”. A bombastic, densely harmonic melody section leads to driving solos by Lovano, Turre, and Irby. The dynamics shift when Henderson comes in for a solo and is accompanied only by Cannon and later being joined by the rest of the group. A true ensemble piece!

The group concludes the album with the McCoy Tyner classic “Inception”. The piece features Kikoski who really stretches out and demonstrates his melodic acuity, White and Cannon offering a muscular accompaniment. 

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DICK METCALF
CONTEMPORARY FUSION REVIEWS
"Gerald's composition, the 6:36 "Three Elders"' starts off slowly with horn and drums emphasized, then morphs into one of the sweetest jazz tributes to giants I've ever heard. If you're a true jazz lover, this album is a "MUST -HAVE" for your collection." Check out the full review here.

JON D'ARIO
BASS MAGAZINE
"With his immense and singular voice on his instrument, Cannon is the living through-line to the sound of the masters, carrying the lineage of the artform forward into present day." Check out the full review here.

VALERY AMADOR
BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
"Nothing says ‘lineage’ like a congruence of living legends paying homage to two of the great architects of the jazz art form". Check out the full review here.

FRANK ALKYER
DOWNBEAT
"If you need a pick-me-up to help you find your New Year’s groove, Gerald Cannon and this band delivers." Check out the full review here.

LANCE LIDDLE
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
"It's only January 3 and already I have a contender for Album of the Year!" Check out this stellar review here.

THIERRY DE CLEMENSAT
PARIS MOVE
"It transcends the frozen confines of studios, although very pleasant, and presents high-quality musical dialogues, at times plunging us into a poetic form that is obsolete on the surface and laden with meaning in depth." Check out this stellar review here.

DEE DEE MCNEIL
MAKING A SCENE
"When you put together an all-star group of musicians to play the music of Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner, what else do you expect, except an album of excellence?" Check out the full review here.

DEE DEE MCNEIL
MUSICAL MEMOIR 
"This recording has quickly became one of my favorite albums of the New Year." Check out the full review here.

PIERRE GIROUX
ALL ABOUT JAZZ 
"In the heart of the jazz universe, bassist Gerald Cannon pays homage to a couple of legendary figures..." Check out the full review here.

SCOTT YANOW
LA JAZZ SCENE
"Rather than listing a few individual highlights, suffice it to say that the full set is a highpoint, showing that creative jazz is not only very much alive but thriving." Check out the full review here.

EDITOR
JAZZIZ
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MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
"...bassist Gerald Cannon’s latest album honors two musical giants, McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, with whom he played alongside for many years." Check out the editors playlist here.

ALEXA PETERS
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
Check out the full article here.

ULYSSES OWENS JR.
JACKSONVILLE MUSIC EXPERIENCE
"On Live at Dizzy’s, he finally, boldly comes to the front of the stage and takes his rightful place as leader." Check out the full article here.

JACK BOWERS
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"It is a respectable blowing session, with capable solos by all hands..." Check out the full article here.

PETER VACHER
JAZZWISE
"‘Contemporary Focus’ has Lovano straining over Cannon’s impeccable line and Henderson’s best showing on the album, his solo, if fragile at times, quite uplifting" Check out the full article here.

TAK TOKIWA
JAZ.IN
Check out the full article in Japanese here.

ALEXA PETERS
DOWNBEAT
"Cannon plays with that nuanced balance of strength and freedom, as the septet cooks with Jones-level propulsive energy." Check out the full article here.

MIKE GREENBLATT
THE JERSEY SOUND
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FRANCOIS VAN DE LINDE
JAZZ JOURNAL
"The constantly energetic White comments on his own polyrhythmic style with juicy patterns, keeping his skillet good and greasy." Check out the full review here.