REVIEW: The Tony Lustig Quintet’s “Taking Flight”

The Tony Lustig Quintet photo TonyLustig_cover_zpsfr5olzob.jpg Taking Flight (Bimperl Entertainment) couldn’t be a more appropriate title for the latest release from The Tony Lustig Quintet, who is backed on this album with Ulysses Owens, Ben Williams, Samora Pinderhughes, and Michael Dease. Lustig’s instrument is the saxophone, in this case the baritone saxophone and he plays that in a way sounds like some of the best saxophonists around, including Eric Leeds. The musicianship here is brilliant and when they want to get deep into a blues mode (as they do with “Fraytown”), you can imagine yourself walking into a nightclub at 2:45am and making it out at 7:22am. All songs on this are Lustig originals and I hope these songs will become part of everyone’s jazz songbook in the years and decades to come.