As satisfying a piano trio album as we have come across in months and months, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Ben Street and NEA Jazz Master drummer Billy Hart have come up smelling of roses once again. The album has original compositions by Hays and Hart that suit the canon very well plus classics by Wayne Shorter, Bill Frisell, The Beatles, and Milton Nascimento. We were reminded a little of Ethan Iverson's Live at the Village Vanguard album from a few years ago as the style of the album here suits that particular seam of contemporary American piano jazz. This trio first got together for All Things Are and here recording at Sear Sound in New York continue the story. On 'Butterfly' Hays who plays marvellously throughout this fine record has also composed lyrics for the piece but here in its instrumental version its song-like qualities are never in doubt. Out today.
l-r: Kevin Hays, Ben Street, Billy Hart, photo from the cover art