Jazz is music of inherent high quality. Like sex and pizza, even the worst one experiences is still pretty good. This is why the jazz audience has such a high tolerance for trio recordings. The vast majority are very good, while not being great. This trio tachyphylaxis makes it difficult for the erstwhile trio leader to produce a recording that is great and recognized as such.
Gladly the chore is only difficult, but not impossible. New York pianist Rave Tesar and his rhythm section of bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer (and brother) Bill Tesar have recorded You Decide, ...read more
New York pianist and composer Rave Tesar has been on the scene since the early 1980s. His strong playing, highlighted by his inventive improvisational skills, has made him an in-demand session player for years. His acoustic trio for this straight-ahead recording is rounded out with Kermit Driscoll (Bill Frisell, Buddy Rich, Patti Austin) on bass and Rave's brother Bill (Angela Bofill, Bob Berg, Mark Feldman) on drums. They present ten of Rave's compositions, expertly recorded. They are, without exception, finely crafted pieces performed with feeling and aplomb.The opening The Scale Song" is instantly recognizable as deserving of standard ...read more