Previously unrecorded Sonny Rollins original features on Peter Bernstein's new album What Comes Next

'What Comes Next' from Peter Bernstein is the track that I've been turning to most this weekend. The title track of a new Smoke Sessions label release this autumn it has a bright, beautifully articulated lead melody line and that's just for …

Published: 16 Aug 2020. Updated: 22 months.

'What Comes Next' from Peter Bernstein is the track that I've been turning to most this weekend. The title track of a new Smoke Sessions label release this autumn it has a bright, beautifully articulated lead melody line and that's just for starters. Like the best jazz tunes it tells a story.

Recorded during Lockdown at New York’s Sear Sound studio, “We all kept our masks on,” Bernstein says, “It felt a little strange at first, but I’m just thankful for the chance to try and create something with musicians I love. It was such a beautiful day.”

Bernstein's tone is a thing of beauty on a track that seems to dig deep into jazz guitar traditions without being obstructed by them. With Sullivan Fortner on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums it's a meeting of equals and just seems to make sense from start to finish.

Bernstein is an influence on young players out there like the Irish talent Joseph Leighton and it's no wonder that his approach has 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.'

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Mathias Sandberg, the Doctor

If you're into UK guitarists Nigel Price or Artie Zaitz you'll probably enjoy Finnish player Mathias Sandberg on this retro set that thrives on generous soloing, bright as a pin articulation and lands in a Grant Green soundworld where the emphasis …

Published: 15 Aug 2020. Updated: 22 months.

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If you're into UK guitarists Nigel Price or Artie Zaitz you'll probably enjoy Finnish player Mathias Sandberg on this retro set that thrives on generous soloing, bright as a pin articulation and lands in a Grant Green soundworld where the emphasis is on direct communication and bags full of melodic ingenuity built around little slithers of a tuneful idea. The pieces have a tap-along feelgood attitude to them and Sandberg is ably supported by Zacharias Holmkvist on bass and Stefan Brokvist on drums. Streaming now. CD release is 1 September.

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