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Jeb Patton: New Strides (2009)

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MAXJAZZ's ongoing Piano Series has featured some very heavy hitters in the keyboard arena: Mulgrew Miller
Mulgrew Miller
Mulgrew Miller
1955 - 2013
piano
, Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer
b.1970
keyboard
, Eric Reed
Eric Reed
Eric Reed
b.1970
piano
, Denny Zeitlin
Denny Zeitlin
Denny Zeitlin
b.1938
piano
and the inimitable Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
b.1948
piano
. Add Jeb Patton to the group, a young piano man that holds his own in marvelous company with the release of New Strides.

He doesn't play Jerome Kern's time-tested standard, "I'm Old Fashioned" on this set, but it could be his theme song. Patton and his trio-mates—drummer Pete Van Nostrand and bassist Peter Wong—play very much in the pre-Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
Trio tradition, with the sidemen in a supportive, rather than interactive, role that is nevertheless solid and spirited. It's a style that's somewhat out of fashion, perhaps—Bill Evans changed things—but it is still a viable and vibrant approach in the hands of the masters, old and, like Patton and company, young. Swing will never go out of fashion; this trio has it good, and that ain't bad.

The set leans to the sunny and upbeat side of the piano trio sound, with a sizzling take on Lerner and Lowe's "If Ever I Would Leave You," the time-tested "My Ideal," and a light-stepping take on Cole Porter
Cole Porter
Cole Porter
1891 - 1964
composer/conductor
's "Dream Dancing."

Patton is a fine tunesmith, contributing three of his own first-rate compositions to the set: a fluid mid-tempo "The Music Goes On"; a bouncy, bluesy tribute to one of his idols, Sir Sir Roland Hanna
Sir Roland Hanna
Sir Roland Hanna
1932 - 2002
piano
, with "Sir Roland"; and the jaunty "Street Song," featuring legendary drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath
Albert
Albert "Tootie" Heath
b.1935
drums
.

Tootie's brother, Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath
b.1926
sax, tenor
, contributes the composition "Cloak and Dagger," with Tootie again sitting in on drums. On Harold Arlen's "Last Night When We Were Young," both Heath brothers join the pianist, with Jimmy sounding reflective on his soprano in front of Patton's crisp, spare accompaniment.

New Stride is a lively and excellent addition to the Piano Series.


Track Listing: Billy; My Ideal; The Music Goes On; Sir Roland; If Ever I Would Leave You; Last Night When We Were Young; Cloak and Dagger; Estate; Street Song; Dream Dancing.

Personnel: Jeb Patton: piano; David Wong: bass; Pete Van Nostrand: drums; Albert "Tootie" Heath: drums (4, 7, 8); Jimmy Heath: soprano saxophone (6).

Record Label: MAXJAZZ

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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