Date: May 30th, 2012 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

Not since the works of bassist m: Charles Mingus and saxophonist m: John Coltrane has there been music so charged with emotion and so engulfed in spirituality as The Only Son of One, an album that bleeds with raw sentiment as it bares the soul of its young saxophonist and composer, Wayne Escoffery, and ultimately brings much catharsis and edification. In the sorrowful and glorious vocalastics of his saxophone, Escoffery reveals the pain and ultimate triumph of his relationship with his parents and, in doing so, emerges frayed but surprisingly whole, humane and, in the process, mature and edifying as a musician. With this landmark album, Escoffery has not only come to terms with the bitterness of his past– especially in the context of an abusive father–but he has created a soulful testament to the triumph of the human spirit, just as his musical ancestors had done before him…

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Wayne Escoffery: The Only Son of One