Peter Bernstein, What Comes Next

Supremely swinging. That's the bouncing 'Simple as That' on What Comes Next by Peter Bernstein. Recorded during Lockdown at New York’s Sear Sound, the guitar star is with Sullivan Fortner on piano, Peter Washington, on double bass, who on this …

Published: 16 Oct 2020. Updated: 5 days.

Supremely swinging. That's the bouncing 'Simple as That' on What Comes Next by Peter Bernstein.

Recorded during Lockdown at New York’s Sear Sound, the guitar star is with Sullivan Fortner on piano, Peter Washington, on double bass, who on this particular track steers the big beat like the captain of a supertanker taking the magnificent ship into a welcoming harbour. Joe Farnsworth on drums shows his class throughout.

Bernstein is an influence on young players out there such as the Irish talent Joseph Leighton and it's no wonder that his approach has broad appeal given the sheer fluency and flowing skill in his method.

What Comes Next also features a previously unrecorded Sonny Rollins composition, the calypso 'Newark News' so press the Newklear option, too. Feeling good. Out on the Smoke Sessions Records label.

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Lionel Loueke, HH

The Beninese, US, global scene guitarist-singer-composer-bandleader Lionel Loueke performing the music of Herbie Hancock released during a year when Herbie turned 80, his guitarist for more than 15 years, shows a lot of love and affection and above …

Published: 16 Oct 2020. Updated: 5 days.

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The Beninese, US, global scene guitarist-singer-composer-bandleader Lionel Loueke performing the music of Herbie Hancock released during a year when Herbie turned 80, his guitarist for more than 15 years, shows a lot of love and affection and above all deep immersion in the songbook of the greatest living jazz musician. It is an ocean of plenty.

With a couple of months to go it only remains to decide whether HH or Three by Gilfema, which is where the Loueke story started and continues as a side project, makes it to marlbank album of the year. Looks like a dead heat at least for now. Time living with HH is all it will take to decide come year end.

While 'Actual Proof' might well have been the ultimate standout track 'One Finger Snap' with its flattened note salt flavour and fleetness of foot seemed even more compelling. But then Loueke's treatment of the Fat Albert Rotunda lullaby 'Tell Me a Bedtime Story' where his beautiful voice comes into its own, always in tandem with his wondrous George Benson and Franco inspired guitar playing, seemed just perfect and it is. Two Hs, another two for heart. What the L, one love. Out on Edition