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Modern life, if this fine recording from Israeli-born, New York-based pianist Ehud Asherie is anything to go by, happened sometime between the late-1940s and the late-'50s. From the beautifully-designed packagingwith the greens and golds of the graphics matched by those of Asherie's suit, shirt and tieto the exquisite renditions of classic tunes and a couple of Asherie originals, Modern Life is an album that oozes nostalgia and a love for a style of jazz that remains fresh and engaging today.
Asherie's piano style reflects the inspiration of players such as Erroll Garner
's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing." They respond to the absence of Riggs and Forbesnot by attempting to fill in the spaces but by leaving them be. The result is a languid and relaxed performance of great beauty. Indeed, great beauty is a characteristic to be found throughout Modern Life.
Track Listing: I've Told Every Little Star; Blues for George; The Trolley Song; He Loves and She Loves; Vignette; One for V; No Moon at All; Casbah; Soon; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing.
Personnel: Ehud Asherie: piano; Harry Allen: saxophone; Joel Forbes: bass; Chuck Riggs: drums.