label: zah zah
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
is one of those really good things that I wouldn't recommend to
anyone who's not already a fan of jazz piano trios. David Gordon
knows his music theory, and his band is tight, and they show some
real ambition-but this record could have come out in 1960 and
no one would know the difference, if it weren't for the fact that
they cover a Prince song. But if you're a jazz fan, you'll probably
like the crystalline perfection of Gordon's band, and you'll think
my reservations completely pants.
So let's start
with the good stuff. They cook, as a band; Gordon's nimble touch
goes well with bassist Ole Rasmussen's bop-styled work and the
crucial work of drummer Paul Cavaciuti. The latter contributes
a pretty song, "Waltz for J," on which he doesn't even
take a drum solo, and Rasmussen is responsible for placing Prince's
"Sometimes It Snows in April" into atmospheric jazz
context. It's clear that these guys like playing together, and
if you like that sort of thing.
If you don't,
though, don't bother. Me, I like the piano jazz, but I'm not sure
that this record stays away from Boringville on every track. Gordon's
original songs, like the title tune and "Dozen a Day,"
are nice and cute and technically challenging, but there are no
WOW moments here at all. This is a good background music album,
but it never really rises to the foreground. This is the sound
of a trio that kind of wants to stay in the jazz ghetto.
wrong with that, of course-hey, most "crossover" jazz
artists just suck anyway. But Gordon takes the easy noodling route
to a solo, and his choices of covers are nice and safe ("Caravan,"
"Just One of Those Things," "It Don't Mean a Thing
If It Ain't Got That Swing") and his band plays it nice and
safe and it's all just so nice and safe that it makes you
kind of sick. In a nice safe way of course.
I don't know
if it's necessary for jazz music to push the envelope, really.
All I know is that this record won't ever really cause anyone
to look up and say "Damn! That was cool!" It's just,
ultimately, too nice and safe. Which is okay if you like that.
30-Jan-2003 3:30 PM
2. My Romance
3. Dozen A Day
6. Sometimes It Snows In April
7. Just One Of Those Things
8. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
9. Waltz For J
10. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That