New this month on Mack Avenue from one of the world's great jazz drummers check out ‘Twelve’s It’ from Perpetual Optimism. The piece is a homage to pianist Ellis Marsalis who was an early mentor to Riley.

Brad Mehldau’s new album Finding Gabriel which will be released on his long time label Nonesuch in May has nine thematically related songs by Mehldau and features performances by him on piano, synthesizers, percussion, and Fender Rhodes, as well as vocals. Guest musicians include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, and Becca Stevens, among others. Check ‘The Garden’ from the album above.

Full of delicate impressionism the Chromatic Trio offer up plenty of subtlety and nuance as pianist Mélusine Chappuis’ compositions weave a delicate spell while bassist Fabian Kraus and drummer Xavier Almeida do their best to inject some muscle. There is a lot to like here as the Swiss trio find their own way of navigating well worn paths and manage to avoid sounding like other piano trios which they in the main do. The quality of the writing allows them to do this most of all and there is a deft mobility that allows the trio to offer plenty of variety and ideas. Worth discovering.