Grading is mostly done, meetings completed for this calendar so, now back to my favorite recordings of 2013. These posts looks at ensembles of all shapes and sizes, save for big bands.
Honorable mention goes to "Nameless Neighbors" (Sunnyside Records), the debut recording of the Nick Sanders Trio. Young Mr. Sanders, who turned 26 last week, is a fine composer and pianist who's not afraid to be melodic and emotional as well as intense and swinging. This is really good music.
The initial release, "Words Project IV" (New Amsterdam Records), features the vocals of Christine Correa singing the words of poets such as Charles Simic, Carl Sandburg, Fernando Pessoa and George W. Bush (the former President might not view his effort as poetry), among others. The interaction of the rhythm section with the front line not only supports the vocals but adds different colors.
I'll wrap up my listening year in the next post. In the meantime, go safely and enjoy the Holidays.