Monday, December 19, 2016
Enoch Smith Jr., The Quest, Live at APC
No, the music first hit me and put a smile on my face. Only then did I recognize what the music addressed.
Enoch Smith Jr. is a fine pianist with a contemporary mainstream flourish, someone who can come up with very together compositional frameworks and arranged folk hymns.
This is hip music by any standard. The trio and vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles give us a stunning version of Chick Corea's "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly," and the Smith original "With Me." Emily Braden is no less convincing on "Creator," "Home" and the old "Jesus Loves Me."
This is good, excellent jazz that speaks with a modern day voice. I like it a great deal!