Robert Glasper above artist in residence at North Sea this summer
Jeff Williams, Bloom, Whirlwind **** RECOMMENDED
Jeff Williams has been making classy records like this for years. If anything he gets better each time. He receives little hype nor you suspect does he want any.
A piano trio this time recorded in New York featuring trio arrangements of old numbers, Michael Formanek on double bass provides plenty of beefy support while Carmen Staaf on piano reminds me a little of the way Bruce Barth accompanies Jerry Bergonzi.
Williams has a very Paul Motian-like way about him sometimes and that sense of quiet fracture and splinter of stick on snare makes his sound very approachable and intimate. Be good to yourself and get this asap.