15 June 2018 Darby
FROM CD HOT LIST: Each volume in this series so far has earned a Rick’s Pick designation, and the streak continues. New Jazz Standards is the title of a collection of compositions by the great jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders, and on the third installment in this series of recordings drawing from that collection we have a stellar trio led by pianist Roger Kellaway and also featuring bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer’s drummer Peter Erskine. It may seem slightly arrogant for a composer to refer to his own pieces as “new standards,” but honestly, if he didn’t do it himself everyone else would: these are tunes with the kind of rich melodic appeal and timeless, straight-ahead structure that characterizes all of the traditional jazz standards, and it’s difficult to imagine a more compelling advocate for them than Kellaway.
30 August 2017 Darby
from Jazziz (Scott Yanow): …superior modern-jazz pianists offer individualistic takes on the classic piano trio…While each has amassed impressive accolades during the past decade or so, none has quite attained star status. Yet.
4 August 2017 Darby