Ehud Asherie: Modern Life (2010)

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Ehud Asherie: Modern Life
New York-based pianist Ehud Asherie swings hard on Modern Life, his third release for Posi-Tone Records. With the help of tenor saxophonist Harry Allen
Harry Allen
Harry Allen
b.1966
saxophone
, bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Chuck Riggs
Chuck Riggs
Chuck Riggs
b.1951
drums
, the Israeli-born Asherie demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the piano jazz tradition.

Throughout this set of standards and riff-based Asherie originals, it doesn't take long to realize the sincerity in the pianists approach to uncompromising swing. In every aspect of his playing—voicing, phrasing, finesse—Asherie convincingly harkens back to an era of stylists such as George Shearing

George Shearing
George Shearing
1919 - 2011
piano
and Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
1925 - 2007
piano
who could straddle the fence between swing and bebop. Perhaps most intriguing is the way Asherie handles a ballad like George Gershwin
George Gershwin
George Gershwin
1898 - 1937
composer/conductor
's "He Loves and She Loves" and Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
1915 - 1967
piano
's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing." Along with lush, lyrical solo lines, Asherie confidently fills up space with witty, at times sardonic, comping behind Allen's breathy tenor.

Allen, who has recorded in abundance as a leader, fits snuggly into Asherie's retrospective aesthetic. With buoyant phrasing, Allen delivers a never-ending weave of inspired, feel-good ideas. The saxophonist digs in extra hard on the disc's up-tempo selections, specifically Hank Jones

Hank Jones
Hank Jones
1918 - 2010
piano
' "Vignette" and Gershwin's "Soon."

With rock-solid walking lines and crisp cymbal work, Forbes and Riggs keep things cooking at a fervent simmer. The two effortlessly keep pace with Asherie and Allen to create a toe-tapping listening experience from beginning to end.

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.

Record Label: Posi-Tone Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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