John Stetch: Heavens Of A Hundred Days
The pianist’s post-bop composition “Point” layers dense harmonic clusters with quick light-hearted melodies that dart this way and that. Saxophonist Bill McHenry lays out for several tracks. Without him, the piano trio more closely resembles your favorite cocktail lounge offering. Careful not to rile the patrons, the ensemble maintains a dreamy atmosphere where everybody can relax and return week after week. And, as in such a friendly setting, Stetch keeps a cool composure while embellishing each melody. Crisp and articulate, the pianist says a lot but keeps his shirt on. John Stetch’s Heavens Of A Hundred Days is for jazz lovers who appreciate a dreamy session that stimulates the intellect.
Track Listing: Heavens of a Hundred Days; Urakawa; Rondeau; Duet #1; Love for Sale; Autumn in New York; Point; Duet #2; McWorld; Heavens of a Hundred Days (solo version).
Personnel: John Stetch- piano; Bill McHenry- tenor saxophone; Ben Street- bass; Jeff Ballard- drums.