I have come to realize anytime I see the Cellar Live label on the back of a CD it’s likely to be a fine effort.
I can ensure you Chad Eby’s Broken Shadows does nothing to change that view of the label.
If you like saxophone driven jazz, you are going to like this disk. Eby handles a saxophone in a smooth, pleasing way.
Joined by Steve Haines on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums, the trio is solid, but the disk gets ratcheted up a notch as it features the fine guitar work of Doug Wamble on I’m Still Here.
Branford Marsalis is on board with tenor saxophone on Epitaph I (For Dewey Redman) and Sentinel. It’s a nice touch, not surprising when you consider Marsalis penned Sentinel.
Eby has his hand in writing some of the material here; Mira, Little You and four Epitaph titles. He then mixes in work such as Duke Ellington’s Sunset and the Mockingbird and The Single Petal of a Rose to good effect.
As a complete work this is a fine saxophone jazz effort which is well worth adding to a collection.
Check it out at www.cellarlive.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 21, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada