Pianist Joe Alterman is a preternaturally gifted musician who, at 26, seems to have absorbed the soulful style of Ahmad Jamal and Ramsey Lewis without impinging on his own tasteful straight-ahead arrangements of easy listening standards.

On his sophomore release, Georgia Sunset, he’s a polished pro — turning melodic chestnuts and post-bop standards into feel-good, finger-snapping winners. Produced by and featuring his mentor saxophonist Houston Person (with Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Rueben Rogers on bass), Alterman smoothly swings through “Blue Moon,” “Hard Times” and a Motown gem, “For Once In My Life.” He takes a couple of impressive solo turns (“How Deep Is Your Love,” among them) and offers up one original (the title track) that’s a soulful twist on “Canadian Sunset,” which highlights the pianist’s sensitivity, disarming technique and most of all, unpretentious charm. (12 tracks; 57 minutes)

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