Not only is Odean Pope a great tenor sax player, he has also emerged as an intriguing composer. This can be heard on his latest album, Odean's List, on which the sax player performs with a number of stars from the present-day jazz scene. James Carter, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, David Weiss and George Burton, to name but a few of the artists that make this such a festive album. Pope (1938) has built up an impressive career, in which his long-time cooperation with the band of legendary drummer Max Roach is also of significance. He is an artist who gets the most out of his instrument, as demonstrated by his rock-hard tone and a spectacular use of techniques, such as multiphonics and circular breathing. Pope, who is from Philadelphia originally, is a true jazzman: "I feel as though there's always something new that you can find to do. There's no end."