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Brandi Disterheft is among the jazz nominees for Canada's 50th Juno awards announced earlier this week. The bassist-singer's Surfboard is the sort of jazz album that speaks of a music of survival, the survival essentially of supreme musicianship that does not skimp or sell out, a feeling, a music that is not about the ephemeral, not about gimmicks, but about good songs, lyrics from some of the masters and more interpreted with taste and skill spanning the generations. No newcomer Disterheft has long since got into her stride. If you haven't heard of her so far discovering a certain uniqueness is part of the pleasure derived here in the listening.
Making news however is nothing novel to George Coleman who features on this appealing highly accessible and well programmed album of evergreens. He has been doing it for decades to a greater or lesser extent. Mostly greater. The iconic tenor saxophonist famed for his work particularly with Miles Davis including on classics Seven Steps to Heaven and My Funny Valentine and with Herbie Hancock, the sublime Maiden Voyage, is a thrill on 'My Foolish Heart.' An intergenerational album in Brandi's trio are the drummer Portinho (known for his immaculate feel and sense of flow on the wondrous 1980s Tania Maria album Come with Me) and pianist Klaus Mueller who makes a telling introduction on 'My Foolish Heart'. Go to 'One Dream' started by the leader in a solo bass spot first up to hear how fine her chops are and the quality of the sonics and then take a deep dive into the rest of the tracks if you are hard to please and need to get your ears together first. Her vocals once emerged are understated. A singer who can downplay rather than indulge in a smug game of charm-offending is more than all right. You came for the softness, you stayed for all of the above. But leave the best, 'My Foolish Heart', to last.
Nominees in three jazz categories are:
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year Diana Krall This Dream of You, Laila Biali Out of Dust, Matt Dusk Sinatra, Sammy Jackson With You, Sophie Day Clémence.
Jazz Album of the Year: Solo Andrés Vial Gang of Three, Elmer Ferrer Básico, No Básico y Dirigido, Jocelyn Gould Elegant Traveler, Junior Santos Conpambiche, Rachel Therrien VENA.
Jazz Album of the Year: Group Andy Milne and Unison The reMission, Brandi Disterheft Trio with George Coleman Surfboard, Emie R Roussel Trio Rythme de passage, Florian Hoefner Trio First Spring, Pat LaBarbera / Kirk MacDonald Quintet Trane of Thought, Live at the Rex.
The Juno Awards ceremony, on CBC, to be held in Toronto, are on 16 May. Brandi Disterheft, top. Publicity shot