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Jazz Reviewed 2010
The Reggie Pittman-Loren Daniels Quartet
Point A To Point A

   Jazz just seems to get better and better with each passing month. 2010 has been a banner year for artists in the genre, and the latest stellar release is from the Reggie Pittman-Loren Daniels Quartet. "Point A To Point A" is a return to the great sounds of jazz legends from the past, brought to us by modern storytellers

   Weaving in and out of sonic bliss, the quartet both captures the listener's ear and makes it hard to turn the dial, as the album is packed with hits from open to close. It's rare to find an album without a weak moment, and "Point A To Point A" might be just that.

   Of all the tracks, I'll take "Waterwind" as the best. It is a musical mystery dance, perfect for quiet evenings with a loved one. An easy score for digital download charts, look for this track on better radio stations everywhere.

   Music has, at it's roots, the power to soothe trouble hearts and lift up weary souls. Great jazz seems to do both on a regular basis. Let "Point A To Point A" remind you why you love music in the first place.

Christopher Llewellyn Adams    

The Reggie Pittman – Loren Daniels Quartet – POINT A TO POINT A:

Man, jazz doesn’t get any better than this… Loren’s piano is superb, and Reggie’s trumpet & flugelhorn will take you all the way – “round” the route, as the CD title implies.  The opening track, “On The BT” is clear proof that these gents have got it DOWN… some of the most inspiring jazz I’ve heard yet this year!  “Orinthology” has a really nice “bump level”… you’ll be funkin’ through th’ streets of wherever home is in no time.  10 solid compositions on which Reggie and Loren are joined by bassist Bill Moring and Tim Horner on drums.  Loren’s style on the keyboards is relaxed, but his fingers are fountains of energy, clearly sculpting out what the route (to oblivion, maybe) should be.  I just loved “Waterwind“, in fact it turned out to be my favorite piece… superb percussion intro from Tim & the piece is “just what jazz should be”.  I give this my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98.  Get more information at

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tops in Jazz - 2010

As the year winds down, I'll be preparing my Year-in-Jazz retrospective. In advance of that, here's a rundown of my favorites among 2010's new releases and historic recordings.

Always keep in mind that top 10 listings of this sort reflect what the reviewer gets a chance to hear during the year.. as well as musical taste at the moment he/she does the evaluations. They only carry significant weight when the same recordings show up on many such lists.

If you haven't done so already, these are projects I recommend you check out.
The 10 best new jazz releases of 2010, listed alphabetically:
- Dave Bass Quartet, Gone (Dave Bass Music)
- Lisa Engelken, Caravan (Little Angel)
- Tamir Hendelman, Destinations (Resonance)
- Dave Holland Octet, Pathways (Dare2)
- Christine Jensen, treelines (Justin Time)
- Pat Metheny, Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
- Jean-Michel Pilc, True Story (Dreyfus)
- Ellen Rowe Quartet, Wishing Well (PKO Records)
- Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband, Ceremony (Otá)
- Jacky Terrasson, Push (Concord Jazz)

The 10 best new songs of the year, listed alphabetically:
- John Britton, “Anticipation” from The Britton Brothers Band, Uncertain Living (Record Craft)
- Gerald Cleaver, “From a Life of the Same Name” from Jeremy Pelt, Men of Honor (HighNote)
- Loren Daniels, “Point A to Point A,” title track, Reggie Pittman-Loren Daniels Quartet (self-produced)
- Tamir Hendelman, “Babushka” from Destinations (Resonance)
- Pat Metheny, “Spirit of the Air,” from Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
- Chris Potter, “Sea of Mamara” from Dave Holland Octet, Pathways (Dare2)
- Jean-Michel Pilc, “PBH Factor,” from True Story, (Dreyfus)
- Aldo Romano, “Gamelan” from Origine, Dreyfus Jazz)
- Ellen Rowe, “For That Which Was Living, Lost” from Wishing Well (PKO Records)
- Luciano Troja, “Earl and Bill” from At Home With Zindars (self-produced)

The five best historical/reissues of 2010, listed alphabetically:
- Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Sony/Legacy)
- Stan Getz/Kenny Barron, People Time: The Complete Recordings (Sunnyside)
- Vince Guaraldi, Peanuts Portraits (Concord Music)
- Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay (CTI)
- Art Pepper, Unreleased Art, Vol. V: Stuttgart (Widow’s Taste)

The best jazz-related DVD of 2010:
- Sarah Vaughan -The Divine One, Masters of American Music Series (EuroArts)

Loren Daniels Is Interviewed By WXOU


WXOU "The Face of Music" takes time out to interview Loren Daniels of the Reggie Pittman and Loren Daniels Quartet. Join Phil as he and Loren explore the process of creating Point A to Point A.

for the full interview. Loren talks in depth about the recording process, the interaction of the players and a point by point look at the creation of the ideas, humanity and reflection of the final product. Also, the interview delves into the New York music scene.

Reggie Pittman & Loren Daniels Quartet,
Point A to Point A
(Ivory Hornz, 2010)

Reggie Pittman and Loren Daniels work in a fairly traditional vein with these 10 tracks. All are their own compositions except for Charlie Parker's "Ornithology." The tunes are melodic and all have enough changes to make them engaging. The only exception might be the title song, which does only seem to travel as far as it says.

All four musicians are accomplished, Pittman on trumpet, Daniels on piano, Bill Moring on standup bass and Tim Horner on drums. Pittman can play fast runs, as in "On the B.T.," and can be meditative as well, as when he switches to flugelhorn in his own "Fall." Daniels has an easy and melodic touch on the keys. Moring and Horner are expert at adding small touches, with tasteful string bends and cymbal flourishes.

This is a well-recorded CD with a clean sound, with no electric instruments or incoherent noodling to mar the uncluttered vibe. It is a tribute to the golden ages of jazz, as when Daniels sings its praises on "It's All Thelonious" in a lighthearted fashion. There is no funk, fusion, or rock here -- just a fresh viewpoint on straightforward jazz.

Dave Howell - Rambles.NET (Dec 11, 2010)

The Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet - Point A to Point A
(IvoryHornz 4001)

Well, this is an energetic and upbeat album, the Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet play an enthusiastic hard bop that is both playful and thrusting. The musicians are: Reggie Pittman - trumpet and flugelhorn, Loren Daniels - piano and vocals, Bill Moring - bass and Tim Horner - drums and percussion. Of the ten tracks, nine are written by the band leaders, with the final track being a Charlie Parker classic, Ornithology. The remaining tracks are: On the BT, Clarion Call, Fall, Shaw is Woody, Reflection, Point A to Point A, Waterwind, Prose and Consequence, and It's All Thelonius. I'm not sure where Point A is exactly, but these musicians spend a lot of time and musical energy getting there. Speed, on many of the ten tracks is of the essence, but I rather liked the late night sleepy feel of Fall, a slow bluesy number that makes you listen more closely to every note. The style may be hard bop but there is a strong sense of swing throughout the album, and playful good humour. Point A to Point A certainly isn't a mournful album and more likely to cheer the listener up with its vibrant performances. I think this is the Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet's debut recording but it doesn't show it - this album brims with confidence and I hope it points them toward success and more albums.

Reggie Pittman-Loren Daniels Quartet, Point A to Point A (self-produced)
What a swinging, tight and vibrant band, rooted deeply in the bop tradition. Trumpeter Reggie Pittman and pianist Loren Daniels have teamed up with bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner for this session. It features original material plus a funky rearrangement of Charlie Parker’s “Ornithology,” which itself was a bebop variation on “How High the Moon.” My favorites (difficult choices given the strength of all the material) are the title track and “Prose and Consequence.” Both were written by Daniels. Pittman’s Woody Shaw tribute, “Shaw is Woody,” is also a sprightly and swinging dandy.

THE REGGIE PITTMAN-LOREN DANIELS QUARTET/Point A to Point A: This jumps off like some lost Miles era Prestige date. Solidly swinging post bop that isn't derivative but stays right in the pocket, this is simply a high octane burner that delivers the goods. Everything you could want in a contemporary, straight ahead jazzbo date, this will ping with the hipster in everyone, thrift store wardrobe not required. Well done.

From Point A To Point A, Reggie Pittman, trumpet, flugelhorn; Loren Daniels, piano.

If only we had the time and resources to truly celebrate all the great jazz talent out there. You know, the work-a-day guys who do anonymous section and studio gigs, write, arrange and usually teach. All with passion and talent and little notoriety. The names Reggie Pittman and Loren Daniels are brand new to me. But judging from this spirited, boppy quartet session, these are the players who are rewarded by the truth that they tell in their music. This varied session is made up of all original material with scrumptious playing, creative solo work and well-conceived melodies. Among many outstanding tracks, there are nods here to the likes of Bobby Timmons, Charlie Parker, Woody Shaw and a quirky Daniels vocal on a Monk-like opus called "It's All Thelonious." The quartet is completed by Bill Moring, bass, and Tim Horner, drums, and throughout this session, these guys excel at joyfully bringing buoyant bop to life.
Ivory Hornz, 2010, 63:02.

The Reggie Pittman & Loren Daniels Quartet is reviewed by Jazz Times

10/11/10 • Albums • By Wilbert Sostre
CD review: Loren Daniels & Reggie Pittman - Point A to Point A

Point A to Point A is a classic Jazz style collaboration between trumpet player Reggie Pittman and pianist Loren Daniels. The album starts with “On the B.T.,” a bebop piece dedicated to composer Bobby Timmons.

“Clarion Call” is an odd but interesting composition with the always powerful trumpet playing of Reggie Pittman and a superb swinging groove by the rhythm section, Loren Daniels, bassist Bill Moringand Tim Horner on drums.

The beautiful melodies of the ballad “Fall”, brings images of the change of season. The next track is a funky, cool version of the Charlie Parker classic, “Ornithology” that changes back and forth between funk and bebop. “Shaw is Woody”, is a fast bebop piece in homage to the great trumpet player Woody Shaw.

Loren explained on the promo notes that the structure of “Point A to Point A”, ABACA, is a Rondo and the reason for the title. On “Waterwind” percussive sounds give way to the trumpet melodies of Reggie Pittman over a slow Latin rhythm. The album ends with “It's all Thelonious” a fun tribute to genius Theloniuos Monk, this one includes Loren Daniels on vocals.

Tracks: On the B.T., Clarion Call, Fall, Ornithology, Shaw is Woody, Reflection, Point A to Point A, Waterwind, Prose and Consequence, It's all Thelonious

Personnel: Reggie Pittman (trumpet, flugelhorn), Loren Daniels (piano, vocals), Bill Moring (bass), Tim Horner (drums, percussion)

Album Review: Point a to Point a by Loren Daniels and Reggie Pittman

Published September 26, 2010 by:

Susan Frances

An assembly of swing and bebop etudes grace Point A To Point A from pianist Loren Daniels and trumpeter Reggie Pittman with reflections of classic jazz idioms sewn into contemporary musings. The duo begin with the hard-bop romper "On The B. T." framed in bluesy overtones, and journey into the frilly ruffles of "Clarion Call" carriaging a springy swing chassis. The smooth rhapsodic caresses of bassist Bill Moring coasts with gliding strides ambling alongside the pensive piano knolls and the lacy texture of Pittman's spiraling trumpet.

"Ornithology" has a funky gait that concludes with a soaring drum solo by Tim Horner which shifts into "Shaw Is Woody," a tribute to trumpeter Woody Shaw and showcases Pittman and Daniels' penchant for fluid harmonic forms. The duo keep their tracks mobile with impromptu phrases creating mutations that fit into each like sprigs of thistle along a mountainside. Their harmonic forms move naturally particularly in "Waterwind" as Daniels and Pittman loop around each other.

The correspondence between Pittman and Daniels has a freestyle tendency in tunes like "Reflection" and the title track where they are playing off each other's input, while in "Prose And Consequence," the threesome of Pittman, Daniels and Moring are each given a period to shine with liberating improvisations. The final track "It's All Thelonious" has a tooting bop vibe which pays homage to pianist Thelonious Monk as Daniels sings the lyrics that he penned for the track, "Steps on a couple of keys and then he shuffles over sideways / It's all Thelonious."

Loren Daniels and Reggie Pittman put together arrangements that do right by bebop standards showing an inclination for fluid chord transitions and melodic progressions with a strong slant to assert their autonomy. The duo ad lib plentiful throughout their communications and exchanges, but never lose course of the themes that they brand into their tracks.

Loren Daniels - piano and vocals on "It's All Thelonious", Reggie Pittman - trumpet/flugelhorn, Bill Moring - bass, Tim Horner - drums


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Reggie Pittman & Loren Daniels Quartet are reviewed by O's Place

Review By: D. Oscar Groomes
O's Place Jazz Magazine

Reggie Pittman & Loren Daniels
Point A to Point A

O's Notes: Reggie plays trumpet and Loren is on the ivory. They lead the quartet with bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner. The music is from their own songbooks: nine originals plus a cool cover of "Ornithology". They open with "On The B.T.", a swinging blues number that puts us in their zone. They show a softer side on "Fall" and "Reflection", both soothing ballads with Pittman leading the melody. But the bulk of the material is upbeat and swinging and we're not complaining. We also enjoyed "Shaw Is Woody" and "Waterwind" in a fine session!