Every once in a while, a couple of jazz musicians who've never played with each other before find themselves together on a bandstand, and something special really clicks. They just jell musically as if they've been playing together all their lives. Pianist Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips experienced such an encounter not long ago, when Phillips got a call to sub on a regular local gig that Menzies had in Berkley, California. From that gig, Nick and I totally hit it off and really enjoyed playing together," says the pianist. We both brought out something in the ...read more
Hushed lyricism, noir-ish episodes and smoky scenarios are brought to mind with Moment To Moment. This gentle quartet outing is a product of the budding musical relationship between trumpeter Nick Phillips, a music business veteran who still finds time for his horn, and Cava Menzies, a music educator who lives a double life as a performing pianist. While both artists are essentially moonlighting as musicians, the music they make never hints at that fact. Together, they turn in spellbinding, turn-the-lights-down-low ballad performances that call to mind Miles Davis-esque moodiness and Chet Baker-ish romanticism and longing. They don't ...read more
This feels like a chance ramble off of dimly lit streets into a wee hours night club; and the quartet--trumpet, piano, bass and drums--has slipped into a blue mood. A few notes from the muted horn, a half a dozen supple touches of the piano keys sets the introspective and melancholy tone for the evening. The bassist pulls deep, deliberate sounds from the strings; the drummer brushes up a hushed whisper, and in a corner booth a teardrop falls into a strong drink. Pianist Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips have crafted a gorgeously retro-classic sound on Moment ...read more
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