Jeff Hamilton Trio: Catch Me If You CanBy
Not only do Hamilton and his mates perform impeccably as a unit, each one is a superlative soloist whose soliloquys are never less than seductive. Hamilton doesn't solo often, but when he does it's akin to a master class in how to do it right. Hamar proves remarkably solo-worthy as well, while Hendelman, who's never at a loss for a suitable nuance or phrase, shows why he's been Hamilton's conclusive choice at the keyboard for more than two decades. Those who may cast about for a weak link won't find one here; everything on this well-designed craft is ship-shape and trespass-free.
Most of the selections on Catch Me If You Can (including Hendelman's frisky title song) are either barely known or seldom played, from John Williams' elegant "Make Me Rainbows," which opens the session, to Artie Shaw's entrancing "Moonray," which closes it. Sandwiched between are pianist George Cables' "Helen's Song," drummer John von Ohlen's "The Pond," the Brazilian-themed "Lapinha," Ralph Burns' shapely "Bijou," Thad Jones' shuffling "Big Dipper" and a pair of engaging originals by Hamar, "The Barn" and "Bucket O' Fat" (on which his resonant bass sets the compass).
Those who have heard the peerless Jeff Hamilton Trio before should know pretty much what to expect from its latest excursion; those who haven't should experience the galvanic sensation that comes with unforeseen discovery.
Make Me Rainbows; Helen’s Song; Catch Me If You Can; The Pond; Lapinha; The Barn; Bucket O’ Fat; Bijou; Big Dipper; Moonray.
Jeff Hamilton: drums; Tamir Hendelman: piano; Jon Hamar: bass, acoustic.
Title: Catch Me If You Can | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: Capri Records