5

Cava Menzies/Nick Phillips: Moment to Moment

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Cava Menzies/Nick Phillips: Moment to Moment Hushed lyricism, noir-ish episodes and smoky scenarios are brought to mind with Moment To Moment. This gentle quartet outing is a product of the budding musical relationship between trumpeter Nick Phillips, a music business veteran who still finds time for his horn, and Cava Menzies, a music educator who lives a double life as a performing pianist.

While both artists are essentially moonlighting as musicians, the music they make never hints at that fact. Together, they turn in spellbinding, turn-the-lights-down-low ballad performances that call to mind Miles Davis-esque moodiness and Chet Baker-ish romanticism and longing. They don't try to refinish classics or create crazy-and-novel arrangements. They just focus on taking a tune, zoning in on its essence, and putting that out there at the center of the performance.

The program speaks to this duo's respect and reverence for the past and present, as they work their way through standards ("For All We Know"), originals ("Mal's Moon" and "You"), and a surprise or two (pianist Kenny Barron's "Phantoms). The Baker legacy is further referenced through a performance of Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue," a late-in-the-trumpeter's-life staple, but the connection is also obvious in plenty of other places.

Bassist Jeff Chambers and drummer Jaz Sawyer prove to be an ever-helpful and unobtrusive rhythm team, quietly providing the at-the-surface support that the music requires, but it's the co-leaders that draw in the ear from start to finish. Moment To Moment has no fireworks to offer or grand gestures to speak of, but it doesn't claim to have any such things. This is sit down, pour a drink, kick-your-heels-up-and-relax music that wins out with a less-is-more strategy.

Track Listing: The Peacocks; Mal's Moon; For All We Know; You; You Don't Know What Love Is; Almost Blue; Phantoms; Speak Low.

Personnel: Nick Phillips: trumpet; Cava Menzies: piano; Jeff Chambers: bass; Jazz Sawyer: drums.

Title: Moment to Moment | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Thick as Thieves CD/LP/Track Review Thick as Thieves
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Dream Within A Dream CD/LP/Track Review Dream Within A Dream
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Live At The High Noon CD/LP/Track Review Live At The High Noon
by Doug Collette
Published: June 22, 2017
Read As It Should Be: Ballads 2 CD/LP/Track Review As It Should Be: Ballads 2
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 21, 2017
Read Karoujite CD/LP/Track Review Karoujite
by John Eyles
Published: June 21, 2017
Read "Intermission" CD/LP/Track Review Intermission
by Dave Wayne
Published: June 24, 2016
Read "Time on My Hands" CD/LP/Track Review Time on My Hands
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "Apprentice" CD/LP/Track Review Apprentice
by Alex Franquelli
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Sunrain" CD/LP/Track Review Sunrain
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "Les Rhincéros III" CD/LP/Track Review Les Rhincéros III
by Tyran Grillo
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Vitamina D" CD/LP/Track Review Vitamina D
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 28, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.