Palmer Jazz Journal Int. March 1999
A most agreeable and funfilled surprise. I had never heard of any of
these musicians when the CD arrived and subsequent enquiry has left
me non-the wiser; however, I am delighted to make their aural acquaintance.
This is superior quartet jazz: mellow and humorous, it has plenty of
bite and imagination as well, and I think of several more vaunted sessions
that could have learnt a thing or two from Cairo and his men about the
virtues of unpretentious clarity and taking care of business.
On the sleeve Cairo is quoted as an admirer of such Big Sound
tenors as Byas, Lockjaw, Dexter and Rollins; Im a touch surprised
that Gene Ammons wasnt cited as well, for Cairos lissome
but straightforwardly earthy style would surely have Jugs ghost
nodding in approval.
and (especially) Becton do a splendid job in support, and the pianist
takes several notable solos as well. The material is a thoughtfully
varied mix: the seven originals all appeal, and the choice of Doggy
is inspired: the tune is treated with affectionate respect as well as
humor (no wonder Cairo likes Rollins!) and is rich delight from start
I have no idea who the two ladies adorning the CDs
cover are (dont get too excited) or what, if anything, they have
to do with the music. But in a way such artwork signifies the simultaneously
wacky and down-home appeal of this set, which is the perfect record
to play when youve had quite enough of muesli jazz
and fancy a bit of honest protein. RECOMMENDED!