Here are some considerations Nowosad own:
Like most generic labels, “straight-ahead jazz” is a bit mystifying.
According to one definition, “straight-ahead” emerged as a generic label to differentiate mainstream improvised Black American Music from “fusion”, “Avant-garde” and other equally unwieldy subgenres. “Straight-ahead” was jazz that preserved conventional forms like chorus-by-chorus chord changes and was supposedly what the mainstream returned to in the 80s after benighted forays into electric experimentation and other digressions; it was the path forward.But Jazz History isn’t a through-line or a single prevailing sensibility plus tangents, nor is it a series of decade evolutionary stages. Jazz is communities of artists with differing but related sensibilities from which streams of influence emanate and move through time concurrently. The throughline is an illusion just as most labels and genre designations are, too.
As a preview here offer you the video of the live recording of Speak no Evil (Wayne Shorter) which is the part that opens the Album "Dialectics". The musicians: Curtis Nowosad (drums); Jimmy Greene (Tenor & Soprano Sax); Derrick Gardner (trumpet); Steve Kirby (accoustic bass) and Will Bonness (piano):
Notes on Curtis Nowosad: