Veteran New York musician Jon Mayer debuts on Reservoir Records with a balmy trio set that takes full advantage of Mr. Mayer's experience as a hard bop pianist. Mr. Mayer's credentials are impressive. In the early to mid 1950s, Mayer performed with Pete LaRoca and Ray Draper before moving on to Kenny Dorman's big band and then replacing Bill Evans in clarinetist Tony Scott's quartet. He went on to record with Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, and Les McCann. Mr. Mayer arrives here with Full Circle, his follow-up to the well-received Rip Van Winkle: Live at the Jazz Bakery (Fresh sound 5027, 1998).
opens on the hot side with Mayer's own "Round Up the Usual Suspects." This is followed by a tense "Night and Day," highlighting Mayer's block approach to melody. Mr. Mayer covers Oliver Nelson's brilliant "Stolen Moments" with great care and respect, all the while injecting this gold standard with humor and grace. The disc ends with a humidly pensive "I Should Care," preceded by an impressionistic take on J.J. Johnson's "Lament."
marks the return of Jon Mayer to New York. He allied himself with the bionic rhythm section of Rufus Reid and victor Lewis, both of whom provided a perfect backdrop to Mayer's pianistic statements. More than a decent trio recording, Full Circle deserves a long look as it surfaces from the sea of current trio offerings.
Track Listing: Round Up The Usual Suspects; Night And Day; Day Dream; For All We Know; From Now On; Full Circle; Stolen Moments; Falling In Love With Love; Lament; I Should Care. (Total Time: 73:53).
Personnel: Jon Mayer-- piano; Rufus Reid-- bass; Victor Lewis-- drums.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.