CD features alto saxophonist/ composer Julien Hucq
Early Bird Records
This is a delightful straight-ahead CD by alto saxophonist Julien Hucq. He has assembled an excellent small group that includes veteran performers Claudio Roditi, trumpet, and pianist George Cables. Completing the group are bassist Marcos Varela and drummer Victor Lewis.
At the time of this writing, I was sad to learn of the recent death of Roditi.
There are 44 minutes of delightful music on this CD. Two of the compositions are by Hucq — “Light” and “X,” Two are by familiar composers, “Light Blue” by Thelonious Monk and “Here’s that Rainy Day” by lyricist Johnny Burke and composer Jimmy Van Heusen. And, each performer is adequately show-cased.
Lest one think that this is a “one shot” recording for Hucq, this is indeed his first CD produced in the U.S. but he has six previous CDs in Europe. He’s a Belgian native who has been performing in the States since 2012. In conversation with him, I learned that he and Roditi had a working relationship in that Hucq has performed in Roditi’s group and there was somewhat of mentor-mentee relationship as well. And there was a similar relationship between bassist Marcos Varela and the elder pianist George Cables.
For more information, see Hucq’s several YouTube offerings and also his bio on the internet.