Dream jazz. Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, Dutch double bassist Jasper Somsen and Catalan drummer Jorge Rossy have long honed their craft. They have a vision, the missing ingredient in many jazz albums and they proceed to display it abundantly throughout the Somsen-produced impressionism of Common View.
Pieranunzi has one of the lushest sounds imaginable, in other words his piano playing sings and that is why he is a great. He understands that what he is doing is about the study of touch. Rossy knows about the art of the piano trio through his work with Brad Mehldau and his presence on any record particularly in the context of the classic piano trio is very significant. I am not sure what his secret is. The more I think about it perhaps it is his timing, not in the sense of timekeeping, in the sense of waiting and reacting.
Somsen reminds me of the bassist Christian Spering in other words his expertise is in tonal purity and a full sound. He caresses the sound as it journeys into an inner consciousness of imagination.
Songs, they are so much more than 'tunes' here are: Falling From The Sky, Silk Threads, Sofá, Turn In The Path, Love Waiting Endlessly, Perspectives, Instant Reveal I, Who Knows About Tomorrow, Instant Reveal II, Recuerdo.
World class pianism and the art of the trio, exhibit one. It's been a while since something of this calibre has come along. A beautiful record. SG
Issued by Challenge on 6 March