Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Bernie Senensky; Moment To Moment

Several years ago, a Portland friend (originally from Toronto) hipped me to fellow Canadian pianist Bernie Senensky. Finally here was my chance to hear him along a totally on board group of real deal players. Featured quite prominently is Eric Alexander, a fully engaged multi-talented tenor sax man. Bass and drums arrangements are divided between no less than five players and each is a true believer. Senensky is right at home in these various quartets on two standards, “Speak Low” and the Johnny Mercer rarity, “Moment To Moment”. The surprise of the set is the boppiest version yet on the Fiddler show tune “Matchmaker”. The remaining selections are originals, most from pianist Selensky. Alexander is as always, breathtaking and stunning---as complete a tenor player as there is on this planet. Senensky's solos are bright and optimistic, never flashy. This is an album of superb players performing the music they love to play. I'll bet you'd love to hear them!

Cellar Music; 2023; appx. 67 min.

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