130

Jeff Gardner Trio: Breath

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count
Jeff Gardner Trio: Breath Simplicity and sophistication are not mutually exclusive, especially when it comes to music. Jazz pianist and educator Jeff Gardner's trio disc Breath illustrates the point extremely well. The setting is a pared down, piano-led trio. The tunes are straightforward, mellifluous and serve as launching pads for very sophisticated improvisations.

The music, all composed by Gardner, is in the post-bop vein, and its introspective nature has hints of modern classical styles. The pianist has the lion's share of solos with solid ensemble playing; the bass and the drums providing a supportive environment for Gardner. His playing is very reminiscent of Bill Evans, especially the innovative pianist's earlier trio recordings, but spiced up with modernistic elements.

There's enough variability and virtuosity to hold one's interest throughout. The opening "Jazz Prelude 9" is a Latin-tinged bluesy number, punctuated by the leader's flowing solos. The title track is highlighted by a brief but impressive Ron Carter-esque bass solo from Drew Gress. "Rosa is Gardner's emotional tribute to his wife, starting with lean piano lines, then bowed bass joining in for a few choruses and gently touched cymbals completing the picture.

The rest of the CD is mostly ballads of different tempos with an occasional bop-ish number mixed in. The penultimate "Planet Shantytown, with its highly original drum solo, is certainly one of the highlights. Last is a moody, nocturne-like piece which serves as an appropriate ending. Breath is an interesting and well-conceived recording that, while not necessarily breaking new ground, has a sophisticated simplicity that deserves better recognition.

Track Listing: Jazz Prelude 9; Breath; Rosa; Talk About It; Vals Criollo; Lambran

Personnel: Jeff Gardner: piano; Anthony Pinciotti: drums; Drew Gress: bass.

Title: Breath | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Terramar


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Unnatural  Events CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Clean CD/LP/Track Review Clean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2017
Read Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations CD/LP/Track Review Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Infinitude" CD/LP/Track Review Infinitude
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 31, 2016
Read "Beyond The Moon" CD/LP/Track Review Beyond The Moon
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Happy Juice" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Juice
by David A. Orthmann
Published: July 31, 2017
Read "The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure" CD/LP/Track Review The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Cross-Platform Interchange" CD/LP/Track Review Cross-Platform Interchange
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5" CD/LP/Track Review Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5
by Doug Collette
Published: October 19, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.