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Monday, December 20, 2021

SteepleChase Lookout artist: David Janeway - Distant Voices - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Distant Voices, from David Janeway and it's a real nice set of contemporary takes on classic jazz tracks as well as a number of new tunes by Janeway. Opening with Sweet And Lovely, Janeway who leads the way on piano sets Amheim classic tune with a light Latin beat. Cameron Brown on bass runs an interesting counter melody held tight by Billy Hart on drums. Ellington's Blue Serge gets laid back with really nice piano improvisation by Janeway and just the right balance of bass and drum support by Brown and Hart. Brown takes a real nice acoustic bass solo on this track, now punctuated by Janeway. Very nice. Gary Peacock's Gardenia is fertile soil for improvisation by Janeway and Brown with solid phrasing and execution on this classic. One For Cedar is an original by Janeway and has a strong melody, nicely showcased by this trio. I really like Hart's enthusiasm on this track in particular with tight riffs and some sweet interludes. One of my favorites on the release is Freddie Hubbard's Brigitte with it's introspective melody. Janeway plays a Fender Rhodes on this on giving it an even more warm feel. Very nice. Interjecting some progressive work, Wayne Shorter's Nefertiti opens with a inciteful bass intro by Brown. Hart's cymbal rhythm opens the track up even further and Janeway takes the melody for a nice long ride, again on Rhodes. The trio really works this track over making it another of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the set is original track, Movin' On, showing Janeway on piano, trading lead with Brown for a really nice flow with Hart tight on cymbal and rimshot. Janeway breaks loose with a strong piano solo with Hart and Brown holding a tight line. Excellent closer. 

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