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Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Eric McPherson

DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET, THINGS OF A PARTICULAR NATURE

A WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. A TOP RECORDING OF 2015. Trumpeter Duane Eubanks isn’t as well known as brothers, trombonist Robin and guitarist Kevin yet, but his highly listenable album, Things Of A Particular Nature, should mitigate his under-the-radar status. This Philadelphia native is a top-notch musician, having fronted the horn section in the late pianist Mulgrew Miller’s group, Wingspan, and as a member of two-time Grammy-winning Dave Holland Big Band, while playing with many others. He’s such a solid performer with a tone so sweet and clear that you wish he could have put out more records during the ten-year gap since his previous solo effort. Timing seems to be everything for Eubanks, and certainly his time is now. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

THE FRED HERSCH TRIO, FLOATING

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014. Floating marks a triumphant return to the studio for pianist Fred Hersch and his trio, and the album’s title is a perfect expression for the record’s feeling and his interaction with bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson. The format is a good one — Hersch programs the date to mirror his typical set list in a club setting and it’s one that grabs you at the outset with a bewitching “You And The Night and The Music,” an arrangement that skips along to a percussive beat, and closes with a Monk tune (“Let’s Cool One”), both tracks a primer for appreciating what Hersch refers to as “intelligent melody.” Continue reading

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