TVOne has a quarterly award winning series called “Unsung,” which airs on Sunday evenings during that period. Furthermore, when I hear the innovative, visionary and planetary sounds of true renaissance players like saxophonist Courtney Pine from Great Britain monstrous tonality and Trane influence echoes perfectly within the restrains of under appreciated artists. Perhaps, it’s the media’s fault or is it that we really haven’t heard jazz until you’ve listen to masterful voice of Courtney Pine?? ~ The Urban Flux
Courtney Pine | Destiny’s Song + The Imagine of Pursuance – [Island/Antilles New Direction, 1988]
Courtney Pine’s second album stays very much within the Marsalis-imposed boundaries of post-Miles post-bop; indeed, a Marsalis brother, Delfeayo, is the producer, and the album’s subtitle uses the patented kind of wordplay that the New Orleans dynasty indulges in. As before, Pine’s guiding star is John Coltrane, of whom he had become a fervent and skillful acolyte, tossing off endless streams of heated playing on tenor and soprano inside and outside. Pine also uses alternating expert teams of English acoustic jazz specialists — Julian Joseph or Joe Bashorun on piano, Paul Hunt or Gary Crosby on bass, and Mark Mondesir on drums — as backup.
There are some really good Pine compositions here; “Sacrifice” sounds as if it could have made it as a standard in mainstream and/or electric jazz. Although the novelty of a young black Englishman playing Afro-American acoustic jazz has long since worn off, much of this CD repays repeated latter-day listening. —Richard S. Ginell