Vincent Herring
Preaching To The Choir
Smoke Sessions, 2021

May 14, 2021

Smoke Sessions announces the release of Preaching to the Choir, the latest album by Vincent Herring.

The American saxophonist returns – after a year that he defined as “a morbid nightmare” – with a sunny and positive album. Herring is accompanied by Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on double bass and Jonathan Blake on drums.


The record features original songs and very famous classics such as “Old Devil Moon”, “Fried Pies” and “In a Sentimental Mood” with amusing and personal arrangements. The sound is a mix of different traditions of jazz history: “Old Devil Moon” recalls “Killer Joe” by Benny Golson, the title track begins with a call and response motif that refers to Art Blakey but the development is typically Coltranian. The fast “Ojos de Rojo” and “Hello” are smoky ballads that goes back to the early 50s and the fast cover of “Fried Pies” by Wes Montgomery is lovely as the Latin version of “Minor Swing”. The closing number “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” is a delightful tribute to Stevie Wonder and a declaration of optimism in these dark times of a health crisis.

Preaching to the Choir is a well-played and arranged album that adds nothing new to the history of jazz but elegantly and brilliantly develops its centennial tradition. If you love jazz and its history, this is a record that you will surely like.



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