Originally Posted by Derek Roddy
And yes, the Tommy Flanagan recording is great as well. You're right that it is a departure of his normal playing...might have something to do with Ron Carter. His playing always seemed to pull different ideas out of my mind while listening...more traditional ideas.
Great point, Derek. When Ron and Tony left Miles, they went in different directions. Tony went in his fusion direction with Lifetime, but Ron stayed more in the tradition in his subsequent work.
Tony sounds like he's being an accompanist to Ron and Tommy here, trying to defer to them. I can't ever remember him riding hi-hats so much, and his snare is tuned much different, much looser tuning.