Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

6

Carlos Barba Trio: Lightyears

Jim Olin By

Sign in to view read count
Stitching together a diverse blend of influences -classical, Latin, and experimental -the Carlos Barba Trio consistently engage and innovate on their new album Lightyears. While the Texas-based group is rooted in improvisation they never lose sight of accessible melodies, dynamic hooks, and emotional depth. This is cerebral jazz with a beating heart, introspective at times but never detached and incomprehensible. Barba is a gifted pianist with a poet's ear for instrumental dazzle.

"Bluebird" opens with thumping avant-garde clatter that eventually finds its path in Barba's silky smooth piano playing. The sounds that emanate from Barba's keys are downright gorgeous like the rising sun on the first day of summer. Erik Unsworth's hypnotic bass add layers of rhythmic depth. Just as evocative is "Labyrinth," which deserves its mysterious title from Barba's incandescent performance, whose piano flickers like light reflecting on a lake. It's a moody, dreamy track, one for late-night drives.

However, not everything on the album aims for a chill vibe. The rambunctious "There Is No Greater Love" captures the invigorating chemistry of Barba and his fellow musicians. Barba's electrifying piano, Unsworth's jamming bass lines, and Lawrence Brown's robust drums crackle with infectious enthusiasm. Their affection and attention to their craft simply sizzles, making this trio Lightyears better than many of their peers.

Track Listing: Lightyears; Dreams; Bluebird; Labyrinth; Orange; The Lake; There Is No Greater Love.

Personnel: Carlos Barba: piano; Erik Unsworth: upright bass; Lawrence Brown: drums.

Title: Lightyears | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read In Between the Tumbling a Stillness Album Reviews
In Between the Tumbling a Stillness
By Karl Ackermann
February 20, 2019
Read Gary Album Reviews
Gary
By Dan McClenaghan
February 20, 2019
Read Perception Album Reviews
Perception
By Paul Rauch
February 20, 2019
Read I Love the Rhythm in a Riff Album Reviews
I Love the Rhythm in a Riff
By Mackenzie Horne
February 20, 2019
Read Head First Album Reviews
Head First
By Roger Farbey
February 20, 2019
Read New American Songbooks, Volume 2 Album Reviews
New American Songbooks, Volume 2
By Karl Ackermann
February 19, 2019
Read Live At JazzCase Album Reviews
Live At JazzCase
By Troy Dostert
February 19, 2019