Pianist Bob Mamet may have sealed his reputation in the 90s as a tastemaker on collaborations with Larry Carlton, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright and David Benoit – smooth operators all – but in his current post as a leader with bassist Darek Oles (Brad Mehldau) and drummer Joe LaBarbera (Bill Evans), Mamet strikes gold on ten vibrant originals that are as good-natured as they are dynamic.
With refreshing brevity, Mamet wastes no time digging into the music and not a note he plays is wasted. Touching all the bases, the title track and “Cats On The Roof” are solid soul-jazz swingers with endearing melodies confidently played by Mamet. “Venice Waltz” has a cadence that Vince Guaraldi could have constructed while “Bob’s Blues” and “Keziah” swing with joyful abandon. While Mamet may evoke other players, Gene Harris often comes to mind, his resonant tunes have an immediacy all their own. There is plenty of rhythmic invention and the sonic quality packs a satisfying punch. (10 tunes; 39:12 minutes) www.bobmamet.com
Labels: Bob Mamet, Counterpoint Records, Darek Oles, Joe LaBarbera