- MONDAY: Kenny Werner, Lawn Chair Society. The pianist covers a variety of moods and textures with an all-star band of Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley and Brian Blade.
- TUESDAY: Jack DeJohnette, Parallel Realities. The drummer (who also plays synth bass on this effort) may be billed as the leader, but I like to see it as a totally equal partnership between him and the other two luminaries, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.
- WEDNESDAY: Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Kind of Brown. The bassist extraordinaire leads his newest group through a spirited program of originals.
- THURSDAY: Joshua Redman, Elastic. Still one of my two all-time favorite Redman albums (along with Mood Swing), the tenorist tears it up as he explores new territory with Sam Yahel (organ, keys) and Brian Blade (drums).
- FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Chris Potter 10, Song for Anyone. In sort of a scaled-down version of Brecker's Quindectet, Potter explores new colors with string trio, woodwind trio and rhythm section, with compositions quite different from his jazz-rock group Underground (who released an album of their own on the same day as this one).
- SUNDAY: Earl Harvin/Dave Palmer, Strange Happy. My two college classmates, joined by my former prof (Fred Hamilton), were better known as the Earl Harvin Trio (occasionally expanded to a quartet on this disc by another college classmate of mine, Chris McGuire, on tenor/bass clarinet). Here, they deliver a tasty set of acoustic originals, their last such outing before going in a more experimental direction when pianist Palmer switched primarily to Rhodes. Their once-a-year gigs in Dallas in the mid-Oughts were must-see events.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Playing This Week in the Kevmobile
As always, I bring you the list of stuff that was playing in my car this week, with special emphasis on new arrivals: