Friday, August 5, 2022

Alan Broadbent Trio; Like Minds

If you were looking for the ultimate, brilliant, ideal jazz pianist of the present day, look no further than Alan Broadbent. With genuine loyalty and commitment, he simply captures it all. Jazz history stares you directly in the face when you hear this man play. He plays every note with honesty and integrity, and that results in a sense of perfection. Having said that, it really matters what songs he chooses to play. Just our luck that he leans toward revered Americana standards, jazz gems from the Real Book, and exquisitely crafted originals as well. He and his band mates, Harvie S on bass and Billy Mintz on drums, give us all that on a beautifully balanced program . It is as polished and perfect as any Broadbent recording of the past. So, piano lovers, get ready for a stirring trio set with jazz classics “Airegin”, “Yardbird Suite”, and a particularly nice surprise on Hank Mobley’s “This I Dig Of You”. To these, add standards “Stairway To The Stars”, “This Is New”, and a delicate waltz called “Dance Only With Me”. There’s even a Bud Powell rarity by the name of “Blue Pearl”. On all these and more, Alan Broadbent keeps it real and honest. In my eyes, he is the most complete and gifted jazz pianist on the planet.
Savant; 2022; apps. 59 min.

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