After 20 years and 9 albums Bill Charlap (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums) once again make beautiful music together. Lovely and melodic (if not a bit restrained) Uptown Downtown* makes me want to put my feet up and enjoy a nice Basil Haden Manhattan. Cheers.
*Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album 2017.
Some music just speaks to you. The connection is emotional, sometimes physical. This is one of those albums for me. Skilled Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen leads his new quartet on this ECM release. Joining Mr. Cohen is Yonathan Avishai (piano), Barak Mori (double bass), and Nasheet Waits (drums). Cross My Palm With Silver is one of my favorite releases of 2017. A fabulous contemporary jazz album!
This interesting trio consists of Martin Tingvall (piano), Omar Rodriguez Calvo (bass), and Jürgen Spiegel (drums). A must listen for jazz piano trio fans. Then have a listen to their other works .. you won’t be disappointed.
Music afficianado and blogger Musicophile is largely responsible for my exposure to the European jazz scene. His considerable knowledge and exquisite taste has proved invaluable over the years and I am forever grateful. Thankfully, he continues to share his insights and discoveries via his wonderful blog which covers both his love for jazz and classical. I encourage you to check it out. BTW, his blog was recently listed in Musicaroo’s Top 100 Independent Music Blogs: Musicaroo Top 100.
Released in 2014 (ACT Duo Music Art Series) this violin & piano pairing is simply astonishing at times. Mr. Baldych is fast making me a fan of jazz violin. Once again Mr. Herman’s piano playing is brilliant. This is one fine duo. Bravo.
Great line-up. Great musicianship. This album is not just kind of cool, it is the very definition of cool. Highly recommended.
Piano trios .. love ’em. Mr. Herman is yet another fine pianist hailing from Israel. This album from 2010 was a Deezer recommendation. I’ll pay closer attention to their suggestions from here on in.
I’ve been enjoying the hell out of so many wonderful albums since ECM Records entered the streaming fray. This 1989 recording is superb in every way.