The jazz locomotive known momentarily as the Blue Note 7 is on its own track touring the US to float that Blue Note, club jazz alchemy. The 7, led by pianist Bill Charlap, is a sleek and wily ensemble with undecorated artistry, but virtuosic punch. Charlap is joined by Ravi Coltrane sax, Lewis Nash drums, Peter Bernstein guitar, Peter Washington bass, Nicholas Payton, trumpet and Steve Wilson, sax & flute. On the road with one-nighters since Jan, the ensemble just ambles on, just starts playing and it all drops in the pocket. A real set of lustrous arrangements and swashbuckling spontaneity for concert hall jazz. “Every night these guys are so on, changing things up and going for different things. A lot of room for this music to open up.” Bernstein said modestly from his studio in New York.
05 Sunday Apr 2009