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Saturday, May 07, 2016

CD Review: Louis Heriveaux - Triadic Episode.

Louis Heriveaux (pno); Curtis Lundy (bs); Terreon Gully (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Heriveaux lives and works around Atlanta, Ga. although, on the strength of this CD, his reputation should be worldwide. However, as I've mentioned in previous reviews, such is the glut of talent working the jazz scene it must now be ever more increasingly difficult for any jazz musician to get his nose in front of the pack.
Many years ago, Sonny Stitt played Gateshead Town Hall. He was to have been accompanied by the Bill le Sage Trio. Unfortunately, their car broke down somewhere in Yorkshire and the promoters (JNE?) had to search frantically for a local rhythm section to back the great man. Eventually, they pulled the Malcolm Saul Trio and the rest, as they say, is the stuff of legend!
Today, if that happened in any major city in the jazz world they'd be spoilt for choice!
Getting back to Louis Heriveaux, this is an excellent album. Not entirely groundbreaking but with some innovative twists that reveal the pianist to be as good as most of the current crop and maybe even better than some of his predecessors. A mix of originals and standards. Body and Soul has a touch of Tatum, a garnish of Garner, shades of Shearing and a whole lot of Herivwaux. The opener, From Day to Day, is dedicated to the composer of the same, Mulgrew Miller. Blue Bossa is done in 6/4 whilst All the Things is in 7/4. The originals are from all three musicians and reveal that their talents also include compositional skills alongside the ability to swing their collective asses off!
This one is headed for the car stereo which, as readers will know, is the Bebop Spoken Here equivalent of a Grammy nomination!
Lance.

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