Jazz Conversation: Bobby Watson and Essiet Essiet with Devin Phillips

March 1, 2014 4:00 PM

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Horizon, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Watson, has stayed true to its sound. Two years after completing his tenure as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1977-1981, during which he appeared on 14 recordings the majority serving as the group’s musical director), Watson co-founded Horizon with drummer, Victor Lewis. The acoustic quintet is modeled after the Jazz Messengers but continues to have a slightly more modern twist. Horizon recorded three seminal albums from 1988-91 for Blue Note Records; subsequently they recorded a number of titles for other labels. Now celebrating their 30th Anniversary, Hard-bop masters Watson and Lewis have reunited – doing so with Horizons’ other key members: trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Edward Simon and Portland native, bassist Essiet Essiet.

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