Fiery displays, lyrical expressions, bluesy statements, punchy interludes, torrential downpours of notes, and space-conscious thoughts all come to the surface on this well-crafted trio date from rising star organist Pat Bianchi.
While Bianchi has drawn a lot of attention for his sideman work with such high profile artists as saxophone legend Lou Donaldson
, guitar great Pat Martino
, and heavy-hitter drummer Ralph Peterson
, he has plenty to say when he's in the driver seat. Here, joined by two regulars in the organ trio worldguitarist Craig Ebner
, who's played with organists Tony Monaco
and Joey DeFrancesco
, and Byron Landham
, DeFrancesco's drummer of choice for more than two decadesBianchi demonstrates that he's both a tradition-minded player and
a risk-taker. He's not afraid to go at the music head-on, but he's also willing to peak into the outer limits from time to time, inspiring his band mates to do the same.
Bianchi and company swing in low gear on a Horace Silver
favorite ("Blue Silver"), work contemplative angles ("Some Other Time"), move full steam ahead with fire ("Bohemia After Dark"), lightly prance and waltz on a Bill Evans
standard ("Very Early"), crank the tempo and throw a metric twist into a John Coltrane
classic ("Satellite"), and lay it down on a backbeat-driven, album-ending Stevie Wonder
cover ("From The Bottom Of My Heart"). Across this entire program, Bianchi's many gifts come to the surface, Ebner's rounded sound and pointed delivery make a mark, and Landham's class and strength drive the music onward. This is one real-deal trio and it only takes one listen to this album to realize why Bianchi has become such a sought-after organist.
Track Listing: Without A Song; Blue Silver; So Many Stars; The Will Of Landham; Some Other Time; Bohemia After Dark; Very Early; Satellite; Blues Minus One.
Personnel: Pat Bianchi: organ; Craig Ebner: guitar; Byron Landham: drums.
Title: A Higher Standard
| Year Released: 2015
| Record Label: Self Produced