Artist: George Cables
Title: The George Cables Songbook
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © HighNote Records, Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Recorded: Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY on January 13 & May 6, 2016
In the 1970s and '80s, George Cables was the pianist of choice for saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper and he also recorded a lot with jazz stars Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson and Frank Morgan. On Cables' own new album, it's all personal. He's a terrific pianist, but his new album illuminates his gifts as a composer as much as his skill at the keyboard. Cables' student and outstanding vocalist in her own right, Sarah Elizabeth Charles has written lyrics for a number of Cables' instrumental numbers and she appears on the album to deliver them with a real sense of swing, style and sensitivity. Reedman Craig Handy is also featured as is percussionist Steve Kroon, adding some extra subtle color to the proceedings. But the dominant leitmotif throughout it all is Cables and his piano playing which, with all its ease of execution and non-flashy excellence, is always present to give good taste a good name.
Artist: Gary Peacock
Title: Voice From The Past - PARADIGM
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 1982/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: August 1981, Talent Studio, Oslo
In the realm of the piano trio the bar is set high, and creative bassist Gary Peacock has helped raise it in the groups of Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. However, the formative 1981 ECM release Voice from the Past: Paradigm finds Peacock working in a unique quartet setting with stellar accompaniment from Jan Garbarek (tenor & soprano saxophone), Tomasz Stanko (trumpet) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). The uncanny interplay between Peacock and DeJohnette on standouts like "Voice From the Past," "Moor" and "Ode for Tomten" wonderfully foreshadows the top flight work they would go on to do together in just a few years time in Keith Jarrett's trio.