With the talent to convey thought-provoking stories through his music, Patrick Cornelius pens a fresh chapter of personal and emotive composition in Maybe Steps, his third release as a leader. The recording follows the alto saxophonist's well-received debut, Lucid Dream (Self Produced, 2006) and the more groove-oriented Fierce (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd., 2010), both filled with robust writing, tight musicianship, and distinction. The mode here is modern mainstream, but what gives the recording its verve is Cornelius' intricate use of straightforward melodies, evocative themes, and gripping contributions from his band mates. His attributes are coupled with a piercing tone, sharp technique, and a leader's acumen—that ability to assemble and extract the best from new heavies such as pianist Gerald Clayton and drummer Kendrick Scott.
Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Gerald Clayton (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums), Miles Okazaki (guitar)