Momentum is the critically acclaimed solo debut from tenor
saxophonist Pete Mills. Mills,
a recipient of numerous awards including the 1997 North Carolina Jazz
Composer’s Award, showcases both his performing and writing skills on
this compact disc, having written six of the nine compositions.
Dispatch writes of Mills’ compositions as being “impressive”
with solos that are “ear opening…with a tone that is big and rich…[Momentum]
recalls the post-bop of mid-1960s Blue Note records.
But it also echoes other decades and other labels.
It is remarkable first and foremost though, in its pursuit of pure
The compact disc also features pianist Mark Flugge,
who contributes two compositions to the project, bassist Douglas Richeson
and Aaron Scott on drums. Fluglehornist
Jim Powell can be heard on two tracks as well as North Carolinans Paul
Tardif on piano and Ray Codrington on trumpet.
Mills is also featured on Cojazz releases from Madrugada,
Stan Smith’s Pathways
and Don Hales’ A Touch of the Culture.
Pete also has two wonderful released from Summit
Records - check out his site at