For more than fifteen years Cold Spring Jazz Quartet has appeared regularly in nightclubs, restaurants and concert venues in the Baltimore-Washington area, winning a broad and loyal following.
Urban Pastoral was well received. The BJA Newsletter described the music as “honed to a high polish,” and the vocals as showing “pizzazz up the patoozy.”
Their new disk, Warming Trend, shows the band taking off in new directions. The addition of pianist Anthony Villa has beefed up their straight-ahead and Latin chops. Villa’s elegant, energetic solos lend grace and vivacity to the originals “Ver la Luz,” and “Hagerstown,” and to Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence.” Mark Osteen’s dynamic saxophone playing hits new heights with dashing tenor solos on “Samba de Orfeu,” and his own “On Second Thought.” Drummer Greg Mack is showcased on the Afro-Cuban burner “Los Bravos,” and bassist Gary Kerner’s witty style is perfect for Mose Allison’s sardonic “I Don’t Worry about a Thing.”