Apex is a blazing collaboration between alto saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green that puts on display a fifty-year continuum of state-of-the-art saxophone playing. Featuring the all-star band of Jason Moran on piano, François Moutin on bass and switching off on drums, the dynamic Damion Reid and the legendary Jack DeJohnette, Apex shines a much-deserved spotlight on Bunky Green, a hugely influential but under-recognized original in jazz. One can immediately see why Mahanthappa was drawn to Green's playing: The two share a similar biting tone, harmonic sophistication, a well-articulated rapid fire attack, and a certain rhythmic elasticity.
"Apex is an alto sax summit of huge proportions—a prodigious work of collaboration and stirring performances…one of the most enjoyable recordings of 2010."
– Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz.com
"…much of this vigorous set is full-on, restlessly rhythm-shuffling postbop, bristling with intricate themes…a scintillating encounter…"