The title that pianist Sébastien Paindestre has given his debut album translates as "Listen to Me. His trio, three creative soloists who also work well as an ensemble, back that up with a superb straight-ahead session. Paindestre's original compositions burn with a spontaneous, crystal clear intensity. The delicate touch that he's developed at the piano proves graceful.
In the hands of Paindestre and his musical partners, Stella by Starlight makes plenty of room for the notes to dance across the paper. Its familiar melody serves as a starting point for creative ensemble interplay where the pianist swings with feeling. As bassist Jean-Claude Oleksiak steps up with a lyrical solo, the song's melody weaves proudly through the room. Kenny Garrett's "United We Waltz provides an opportunity for the trio to stretch out over an exotic theme. They drive this piece fiercely, giving it a thrilling texture and enjoying it all the way.
Paindestre's "La Java de la Luna proves fascinating through its fluid motion and confident air. There's majesty to be found in every selection. Even the somber ballad "Certitude-Solitude comes with proud strokes and eloquent keyboard designs. The pianist's crisp delivery combines with his heartfelt blues sensibility to create a lovely trio session in the true jazz spirit.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.