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On this dreamy trio session, pianist Bob Rodriguez interprets a set of originals and several standards. His cascading keyboard melodies and gently flowing snippets of poetic charm give the listener a quiet storm of relaxed pleasure. The acoustic setting provides a natural texture, while each improvised phrase overlaps like the wind and the rain outside.
Opening the session, "Corridor" gives the impression of a long walkway that leads to mixed pleasures. In the other rooms, we find Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Coltrane, and others. However, the session proves quite mellow throughout. Ballads give the trio plenty of consonant harmonic material, but the pace remains steady, serene, and slow.
The pianist adores a soft-spoken ballad with lyrical designs and a spare rhythmic foundation. His emphasis remains on the rise and fall and repetitive nature of each cascading melody. His percussive approach to the piano's keyboard direction drives like a cat's paws prancing along the top of a wooden fence. You can feel each stroke, but the result is never forceful.
Bassist Mike Richmond adds several lyrical solo interludes to the session, while drummer Eliot Zigmund colors from a distance. With piano at the forefront in its glimmering façade, the music snuggles gracefully through one leisurely ballad after another. Rodriguez applies notes to music as a tree applies falling leaves to the ground.
Track Listing: Corridor; Prelude to a Kiss; Inside; Naima; It's Not That Dark; Liebesleid; Within the Line; Spring is Here.
Personnel: Bob Rodriguez: piano; Mike Richmond: bass; Eliot Zigmund: drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.