Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jeff Holmes Quartet, Of One's Own

Monk, Jarrett, meet Jeff Holmes, a pianist who is related to you. He is carrying on with a quartet, on an album Of One's Own (Miles High 8621). He has grasped the essence of what you guys are about, and is taking it someplace of his own.

The quartet is up to the challenge. Adam Kolker plays tenor, soprano and bass clarinet in a modern zone, sometimes functioning as Garbarek and Dewey R did in the old Jarrett quartets, but with a personal sound, again of his own. James Cammack on acoustic and electric bass and Steve Johns on drums propel the band to swing or do the straight-eight as needed. The solos are crafted well, the originals very good, and Jeff Holmes plays some excellent piano here.

This is a pianist to watch, to hear, to look forward to again. And this album captivates.

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