Jill McCarron Trio with Will Anderson: Jazz Motif

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Jill McCarron Trio with Will Anderson: Jazz Motif
Pianist Jill McCarron's latest recording, Jazz Motif, gets off to a flying start with Will Anderson's irrepressible alto saxophone setting the pace on a fiery rendition of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" and his radiant flute showcased on John Lewis' groovy "Concorde." Alas, Anderson isn't heard again until Tracks 7 (Clare Fischer's "Ontem a Noite") and 9 (Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Chovendo Na Roseira"), both on flute, and uncases the alto only one more time, on Horace Silver's buoyant "Cool Eyes."

That's not meant to imply that McCarron's trio is less than engaging on its own, only that more of Anderson's Cannonball Adderley inspired alto would have been warmly welcomed—not to mention his flute. On the other hand, this is McCarron's gig and she's entitled to call the shots, and so the trio (McCarron, bassist Paul Gill, drummer Andy Watson) goes it alone on seven of the album's dozen tracks—which would be a letdown if they weren't so remarkably sturdy and resourceful. McCarron, who in 1995 won the thirteenth annual Great American Jazz Piano competition in Jacksonville, FL, is a superb soloist who comps with perception and assurance. Gill and Watson provide admirable support while earning extra credit whenever either is called upon to solo, which is often.

The trio is superb on the standard "My Ideal" and half a dozen jazz originals, closing with an explosive medley of Bud Powell's "Glass Enclosure" and "Tempus Fugit" (with Watson outstanding on brushes, Gill likewise on arco). While Anderson's five appearances must be regarded as highlights, simply because he adds spice and flavor to the mix, McCarron's trio is impressive on its own terms, and Jazz Motif is a bright and pleasing session from start to finish.

Track Listing

All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm; Concorde; My Ideal; One for Amos; Short Story; Looking Out for Number 7; Ontem a Noite; Lined with a Groove; Chovendo Na Roseira; Cool Eyes; Jump for Joy; Glass Enclosure/Tempus Fugit.


Jill McCarron: piano; Will Anderson: saxophone, alto; Paul Gill: bass, acoustic; Andy Watson: drums.

Album information

Title: Jazz Motif | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Self Produced

Post a comment about this album


Shop Amazon


Invisible Words
Falkner Evans
Bob Mintzer & WDR Big Band Cologne
Another Land
Dave Holland
Native Sons
Los Lobos
Dewa Budjana
The Last Call
Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine


All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.