Mulgrew Miller: Live At Yoshi's Volume Two (2005)
A muscular, bluesy post bop player in the McCoy Tyner mode, Miller leads his talented young rhythm section (bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Karriem Riggins) with energy and urgency on a nicely varied 72-minute set. Highlights include a boisterous romp through Victor Feldman's "Joshua, a funky take on the standard "Comes Love, and a haunting solo piano rendition of Rodgers and Hart's "It's Easy to Remember. As a tribute to two of his late mentors, Miller offers hard-driving versions of drummer Tony Williams' "Citadel and pianist James Williams' "Road Life.
Always steady and at times dazzling, Mulgrew Miller again makes the case that he belongs in the upper echelon of mainstream jazz pianists. This is another strong effort from a compelling artist deserving wider acclaim.
Track Listing: Joshua; Comes Love; Road Life; It's Easy to Remember; One's Own Room; Little Girl Blue; Citadel.
Personnel: Mulgrew Miller: piano; Derrick Hodge: bass; Karriem Riggins: drums.
Record Label: MAXJAZZ