A stellar trio who know each other’s moves instinctively: the sound bubbling up from the drums: Ali Jackson you may know from his work at the kit within the Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra sound; star pianist Aaron Goldberg who habitually thrives in a trio situation; and bassist Omer Avital whose own work as a leader is also worth checking out. The highly accurately exclamatory monikered, for once, Yes! Trio are on the French indie jazz label Jazz&People roster: look for Groove du jour (****)on 11 October. Seriously swinging but not at all indulgent or tired the trio keep it interesting and you feel the narration in the way they handle each tune. The album has deftly conceived and executed compositions by all three elegant players who each contribute pieces plus look drilling down for a version of Jackie McLean’s ‘Dr Jackle’ and a treatment of the Sammy Fain-Irving Kahal standard ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’. While it is not out yet marlbank had a few listens right through: Groove de la semaine — more like. Get acquainted with all these sounds when you can come release time.
Sean Foran and Stuart McCallum, Counterpart, Naim ****
This has the feel and touch of a Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays collaboration back in the day, a world away from the crash bang wallop of heavy groove and instead more a journey into dreamy soundscapes, delicate harmonies, and pastoral imaginings.
There is clear empathy from Foran and McCallum, each finishing the other’s sentences where necessary.
Recorded some five years ago this has been maturing in the vaults for a while and is released next month.
Boosted at strategic points by the drums of John Parker and bass of Sam Vicary above all this is an intimate journey, full of harmonic pleasures, the musicianship has a real quality to it and what is more the compositional flow goes somewhere and the melodies linger long. SG