Most helpful positive review
My what a piano trio! What a pianist! What a great collection of tunes! Absolutely brilliant album.
on 17 September 2014
I have had this album for a year now and each playing brings new joys. This is an exceptional piano trio "par excellence"; three of the World's top musicians. A friend had seen the trio live in Spain and was very enthusiastic, so when I saw the album I made an instant purchase...a great investment.
Although the leader is the very strong bassist Christian McBride, who plays the bass both arco and pizzicato, the star is the young pianist Christian Sands. The drummer Ulysses Owens is no slouch either.
Christian Sands has been described to me as a hybrid of Art Tatum and Phineas Newborn, but he plays with more sensitivity than either (to my mind ...and I am quite a fan of PN). He must be one of the most gifted pianists to have graced the world of jazz.
This extremely well recorded album features nine lengthy tunes, the first of which is an original (improvised at the session?). There is one other original by CMcB. Otherwise tunes from the jazz canon (e.g. Cherokee, East Of The Sun, Hallelujah Time) plus some rather funky music and a couple of very sensitive ballads. (I am fed up with CDs of "originals" often of dubious merit).
A wonderful album. Purchase a copy and understand what the fuss is about!