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Eric Wyatt – Look to the Sky – Whaling City Sound

Eric Wyatt – Look to the Sky – Whaling City Sound

Masterful work from a saxophonist deserving of wider recognition. Eric Wyatt – Look to the Sky [TrackList follows] – Whaling City Sound WCS 104 (distr. by Naxos), 61:48 [10/27/17] ****: (Eric Wyatt – tenor, alto and soprano saxophone; vocals (track 3); Benito Gonzalez – piano; Keyon Harrold – trumpet; Eric Wheeler – bass; Shinnosuke Takahashi – drums; Kyle Poole – drums (tracks 4-6); Andrea Miller – vocals (track 3)) Family influence filters throughout saxophonist Eric Wyatt’s sixth album, and first for the Whaling City Sound label. The hour-long Look to the Sky is dedicated to Wyatt’s mother and father, who helped shape his attitude toward music: his father Charles passed away in 1989 and his mother Phennie more recently. Wyatt’s tone and style was also influenced by close family friend Sonny Rollins. In fact, Wyatt is considered Rollin’s godson. Wyatt titled his 1997 debut God Son (the title also nods to Wyatt’s religious faith). Spirituality is also an element of Look to the Sky: the title refers to looking to the heavens when Wyatt thinks of his parents. Spirituality is also a subject or theme in a few of the tunes. Wyatt has a winning quintet which plays on the […]