Torn as to which of the two tracks streaming so far from The Bright Side – is a tie allowed? Ah, now, nope. Not even a cravat. Or a caveat to however mischievously muddy the waters. 'Omer's World' is full on and works like a charm. But call me a sucker, and some regularly do, the title track is the one that I'll instead go for given its warmth and sense of all-is-well without being twee. Delivering clear, heart-on-sleeve, lines Mehldau-ian saxist Joel Frahm on this track on tenor proves certainly a lucid communicator. Hearing Frahm made me think of going down and checking out the Gonz a little while ago at the Pizza Express Jazz Club when he was in town as I certainly dig the vibe communing with a few memories and thinking that Frahm is a Bergonzi-type player (also even closer Joshua Redman fans stampede along to check all this out). Shoot me if I'm wrong. Anyway, Dan Loomis' bass line in combination with Ernesto Cervini on brushes groove succinctly to begin and set the mood. They establish the impressive feel. Issuing label Anzic mention that this is a new band begun at a university masterclass in Toronto. Frahm’s title tune was inspired, according to the label, by the opening riff of Lou Reed’s 'Walk On The Wild Side'. Release Date is 25 June. Link: to the tracks so far.
Joel Frahm, top. Photo: joelfrahm.com