These “new guys” just keep showing up in my life! Here’s yet another one in tenor man Steve Kaldestad. Definitely a proponent of that big, confident, in-your-face sound, Kaldestad puts it all together before a live, enthusiastic audience. His quartet is completed by Chris Gestrin, piano; Conrad Good, bass; and Jesse Cahill, drums, all of whom are equally on the high burner. The session opens with a soulful Harold Mabern entry called “A Few Miles From Memphis”. It continues with a mixture of classics like “Con Alma”, “Invitation”, “If You Could See Me Now”, and a few lesser known but equally well chosen choices. There’s no frosting on this cake. Steve Kaldestad and friends are there to tell the real story. With strength and passion, they get the job done.
Cellar Music; 2022; appx. 70 min.