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Thursday, March 26, 2015

CD Review: Nick Sanders Trio - You Are a Creature.

Nick Sanders (pno); Henry Fraser (bs); Connor Baker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
New Orleans-born pianist Sanders is described as a unique voice and his trio are referred to as unconventional.
I second the motion!
Maybe we could add Quirky!
The cover art, the titles and the execution tell us that this isn't going to be a straight drive down the freeway but, rather a meandering journey through side roads and dirt paths although there are some moments when the foot is on the pedal and they are in the fast lane pursued by a hip cop.
Take a look at the titles: Let's Start; Wheelchair; Red Panda; Round You Go; Room; You Are a Creature (title track); Carol's Kid; Zora The Cat; Repeater; Keep on the Watch; Peculiar People; Day Zombie; The Blessing.
Not your average song titles. But these aren't songs/tunes or numbers - they are compositions!
Not your average piano, bass and drums trio either but a unit of equals.
Given that the album was produced by Fred Hersch I could have said 5 stars without listening - Fred knows a thing or two! But, of course, that would be cheating! I, despite my suspicion of original compositions, go along with Fred. One of the most original piano albums I have heard in years. True there are moments when Monk springs to mind and others when Bill Evans seems inspirational. Maybe Jarrett is in their too - both Keith and Cody - particularly the latter as Sanders would be justified in telling his mother that he's "Top of the world" - ask your [grand] parents to explain!
Available now on Sunnyside Records.
Lance.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Whatever the quality of the music and the production, I would like to nominate the cover art to drive straight down the freeway that leads to the accolade that is Jazzwise magazine's "Art Failure" feature!

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