When something really connects a journey begins. So digging deep having liked this latest album a whole deal embark with us on a trip way, way back as listeners together searching for more.
John D'earth is on some albums with cult, deeply revered, guitarist Emily Remler (1957-1990) - the former wife of Monty Alexander - in the 1980s. Check out in a muted guise the consummate sense of jazz feeling the apostrophised one brings to Sam Jones' quick witted 'Del Sasser' on 1983's Transitions for instance.
Or, far more recently but still two decades ago, heard with the much missed piano influence to many - including Julian Joseph and Trevor Watkis - Mulgrew Miller. And, on the record too, alongside the great Gonz, Jerry Bergonzi, there's D'earth again shining brightly on the must-hear Restoration Comedy from which the bass-led 'Dawn' is a peach. D'earth, 72, so achingly even Tom Harrell-like and perfect on this new album has an everyman poetic touch leading his quintet of players who joining him are: tenor saxist J. C. Kuhl, who is very expressive on the title track; pianist Daniel Clarke; bassist Peter Spaar and the great new generation drummer Devonne Harris aka DJ Harrison. The tunes, all D'earth's, are first class and stay with you long after the record ends. He belongs in the same bracket as top Belfast trumpeter Linley Hamilton as well as the aforementioned Harrell. And all these great players share a love of hard bop coming from the always ready for Freddie immortal Hubbardian universe and their different sense of tightly knit melodicism that oscillates and lingers long to reach the ineffable soul within.