The Tim Ray
Trio supplied the spirited accompaniment on Kindred Spirits
(Whaling City Sound, 2016), behind saxophonists Greg Abate
and the legendary Phil Woods
. But they got the chance to step outsax men taking a breakwith a peppery take on Kurt Weill's classic "Speak Low," which serves as a preview of sorts for the Tim Ray Trio's Windows
Ray, and his cohorts, bassist John Lockwood
and drummer Mark Walker
, bounce into a joyful opening track, Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning To Se the Light," a tune that sparkles in the trio's hands. They move into a radiant take on Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Dream," and slide from there into a fluid, pensive reading of Herbie Hancock's "Toys." Windows
is, in large part, a tribute to Ray's heroes: Herbie Hancock
, McCoy Tyner
, Horace Silver
, Keith Jarrett
, Chick Corea
, jazz pianists who have take the art of the trio to the highest level. He also includes his original "DE-Train," a madcap nod to Ellington's "Take the A Train," and "Joy," a Tim Ray original, a lovely, reverent piece of music with a subtle, whispering accompaniment from Walker and Lockwood.
There's a rollicking, down home version of Lyle Lovett's "I've Been To Memphis" (Ray worked in Lovett's band), followed by a scintillating cover of Herbie Hancock
's "Dolphin Dance," leading into an impressionist take on the Chick Corea
-penned title tune. Windows
is an exuberant immersion into a set of classic jazz compositions written by some of the stars of the art form some, played with a zestful grace by the Tim Ray Trio.
I'm Beginning To See The Light; Monk's Dream; Toys; DE-Train; Joy; I've Been to Memphis; Dolphin Dance; Windows;
So Tender; Star Eyes; Peace; 12 By 7.
Tim Ray: piano; John Lockwood: bass; Mark Walker: drums.