of Armando Cairo shows how far you can get if you donĚt belong to the
tenor top-ten of the world, but have an iron will and clear ideas at
What Cairo has in mind, becomes clear immediately: play the saxophone
with a BIG SOUND, in the trail of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. ThatĚs
what he does: the first note of the ballad 'Tale of woe' immediately
shows that Dexter Gordon's 'I'm a fool to want you'
is his study-material.
In the fast parts he works his way through the choruses with a pleasant
drive. Moreover he has ensured himself of a series of attractive compositions
- his own of his band-members - and a rhythm-section any soloist would
envy him: pianist Cajan Witmer, bassist Eric Barkman and on drums Clarence
By the sound of it, Witmer must have been born with a natural sense
of harmony and an authentic jazz-timing.