Sameer Ramchandran makes a commendable debut on this recording, which profiles his skills as a pianist and composer. He and bassist Dominic Duval were jamming in New York for two years. When Ramchandran saw Newman Taylor Baker at a show, he pulled the drummer into the fold. The trio now have Roundabout under their wing.
Ramchandran balances the album with originals and standards. Among the latter are tunes from Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk, which he successfully turns to his own vantage point. The trio establishes a quick rapport on Evans' Very Early, meshing in as Ramchandran fleshes ...read more