COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Sunnyside Records

AARON GOLDBERG, THE NOW

Pianist Aaron Goldberg is a consistently nuanced player who can find a vein in swing on nearly every composition he plays, which gives his trio recording, The Now, a leg up on the competition. A tremendous improviser, Goldberg has crafted an accessible album of songs with smooth curves and sharp corners. Continue reading

CLOVIS NICOLAS, NINE STORIES

A Provence-raised Frenchman who graduated in philosophy before becoming a jazz musician, bassist Clovis Nicolas reestablished himself as a busy sideman in Paris before moving to New York in 2002. The expat enrolled at Julliard to study with bassists Ron Carter and Ben Wolfe and hit the scene playing gigs with guitarist Peter Bernstein and saxophonist Harry Allen, and later with Brad Mehldau, Branford Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater. That experience pays dividends on Nicolas’ debut recording, Nine Stories, an immensely appealing date with a tight, swinging sextet of up-and-coming players. Continue reading

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