Picks and Pans Review: Legacy

updated 03/24/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/24/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jon Faddis

A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, Faddis, 32, is a jazz trumpeter with so much control of his instrument that he could probably use it to blow glass. On this album of tributes to such horn men as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Sweets Edison and Gillespie, Faddis embarks on vertiginous runs and reaches, sometimes piercing corners of the upper register of his trumpet. He is never less than technically dazzling. It would be nice, though, if he had shown some of Armstrong's warmth, Eldridge's passion, Edison's inventiveness and Gillespie's wit in paying them homage. (The only genuinely moving passages on the album come on Thad Jones's A Child Is Born). The chilliness of Faddis' playing is all the more apparent because he is backed by such an expressive group, including pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ray Brown, drummer Mel Lewis and saxophonist Harold Land. Faddis could learn something from them. (Concord)

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