Piers Lawrence Quartet: Stolen Moments (2008)
In between are a sprinkling of originals that deftly mix Latin rhythm into the straight ahead slot of "Samba Christina" and straddle pop-balladry with the soulful "Dimanche" and tender "Everytime." The music draws its cohesiveness from the experienced rhythm section that Lawrence has enlisted for this session. Pianist Chuk Fowler, bassist Jim Hankins and drummer Sir Earl Grice each have a long list of credentials that include anchoring the soul-infused grooves of guitarists like Wes Montgomery and George Benson. While they impress most with their collective platform, allowing Lawrence to set the course, Hankins' bass shines with a few stolen moments of his own. This is especially true on the title cut, as he deconstructs what is otherwise a superbly melodic treatment of this classic Oliver Nelson composition. When Lawrence rejoins, it is with a luxurious tone that attains vibe-like purity, a timbre he maintains throughout the album.
These pros are well suited to this music and execute the difficult task of making it seem unforced with a sound that is not flashy, but goes down easy like a sweet liqueur.
Track Listing: Pent-Up House; Samba Christina; Stolen Moments; Everytime; Donna Lee; Dimanche; Secret Love; Reza.
Personnel: Piers Lawrence: guitar; Chuk Fowler: piano; Jim Hankins: bass; Sir Earl Grice: drums.
Record Label: JazzNet Media