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On Waiting For You, Canadian pianist/composer Alex Clements shows that, with his already overactive musical life, he is still capable of turning out an interesting album. Clements is from Alberta, and was awarded the highly regarded Alberta Achievement Award. In addition to his writing for his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, Clements is an active film scorer, and has completed the music for a reissue of It's A Wonderful Life for Paramount Pictures.
When last heard from, Clements' solo piano album, Emily's Song (Self Published, 2005), displayed his penchant for writing lyrical tunes. Now with a quartet setting, Clements has the opportunity to showcase some of his newer compositions. His piano playing is much in the modal style of Bill Evans, and Clements is able to swing as well as play reflectively.
The biggest surprise here is the addition of Canadian saxophonist Alain Bradette. When he takes over on the opening "Blues for BG," Bradette offers up a big-hearted and melodic beauty of a tenor sax solo in which he finds inspiration along the way; he surely must have listened a lot to Eric Alexander. Bradette divides his time equally between tenor and soprano sax, also showing his fluency and lyricism on the smaller horn. On the ballad "All I Can Give," Bradette warmly delivers a haunting performance on soprano. On the title tune, he begins with the melody and solo on soprano, then switching to tenor for an extended and soulful statement. Bradette also contributes the lullaby-like album closer, "Mist on the Water."
Clements has offered a series of attractive themes that serve as vehicles for inspired solo work from both himself and Bradette. The pianist also shows that he can supply supportive work for his players as well as sprightly solos.
Track Listing: Blues for GB; Nuits de Paris; Waiting for you...; Old Balsam; Time to Heal; New Horizons; Emily's Song; The New Tune; All I Can Give; Mist on the Water.
Personnel: Alex Clements: piano; Alain Bradette: soprano and tenor saxophones; Chris Queenan: acoustic bass; Danny Gottlieb: drums, percussion.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.