Here is a mainstay of the Colorado jazz community playing straight ahead style with longtime friends. Keith Oxman’s tenor sax has been heard any number of times on Capri over many years. He chooses a sound steeped in history---warm, exquisitely controlled, and consistently swinging. On twelve of the thirteen tunes heard here he is joined by equally skilled and enthusiastic colleagues: Jeff Jenkins, piano; Mark Simon, bass; and Todd Reid, drums. The album derives its name in loving memory of bassist and composer Joey Pearlman who passed away very early in life. In addition to his beautifully balanced playing, Oxman also contributes seven of his own creations, all presented with authority and classic good taste. Joining all the well-conceived originals are two overlooked but delicate standards, “Blame It On My Youth” and “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning”. This is real deal jazz played by dedicated and real deal musicians. Untarnished and gimmick free, these guys simply handle the gig with class.
Capri; 2022; 75:57.