Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, Georges Auric, Louis Durey, and Germaine Tailleferre – all of whom were active in the first decades of the 20th Century. Woeste studied the music of Milhaud, finding influences as varied as American jazz and Brazilian music. Meanwhile, Keberle spent his time exploring the music of Ms. Tailleferre (1892-1983). Even though she lived a long life, her most successful period of writing was between the two World Wars.
Reverso creates music that pushes, albeit gently, at barriers, eschewing genre, creating memorable melodies in an atmosphere of creativity and trust. The album title – "The Melodic Line" – does give one a good idea of what you're in for. Ryan Keberle and Frank Woeste, along with the quite impressive Vincent Courtois, make music that will excite and soothe your soul. Give a long listen!
For more information, go to www.frankwoeste.com and/or www.ryankeberle.com.
Cecile McLorin Salvant. Listening to Diehl is such a treat; he loves melodies, is an excellent improviser, and has absorbed myriad influences into his own articulate statements. There are certain reviewers and critics who tend to lump him into the musical "Neo-cons" but, truly, he's his own man. In a trio setting, one hears traces of Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Hancock, and even a touch of Memphis Slim in his blues playing; plus, his touch is impeccable.
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"The Vagabond" is an often stunning and soothing 65 minutes of music from Aaron Diehl, made all the more powerful and interesting by the work of bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer/ cymbalist Gregory Hutchinson. Even though each member of the Trio is a master of his instrument, this music is rarely about technique and always about the emotional richness of the compositions and the performances. Take the time to absorb these sounds – it's worth the adventure!
For more information, go to www.aarondiehl.com.
Here's the John Lewis piece:
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"Liberty" sounds great, with musical interactions that will not only keep your attention but also make you move your feet and nod your head. Dayna Stephens, along with Ben Street and Eric Harland, has made one of the most memorable albums of the past several years, brimming with ideas, melodies, and rhythms, exuding confidence and pleasure. Dig in – dig it!
For more information, go to daynastephens.net. The album will be released on 2/28/2020.
Here's the afore-mentioned "Loosy Goosy" in the studio: