A sterling debut from pianist David Cook and his trio, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Mark Ferber, “Pathway” (BJURecords) is an engrossing and heartfelt modern jazz record. Cook makes an immediate connection to the listener with the first tune, “The Thing,” a melodic and soulful cut that nicely shows off the pianist’s agility. He’s forgiven for loosely channeling Fred Hersch on “Fresh Remnants” (it is a tribute to the pianist, after all) and Brad Mehldau (“Napali”), because when he plays piano with his own voice, one that’s especially clear on the waltz-like “Robin’s Song” and Ellington’s “Come Sunday, a feature for solo piano, Cook makes a deeply felt impression. The nimble pianist has potent chops (dig the innately swinging title track), empathetic partners in Clohesy and Ferber, and in the case of the persuasive closer, “Lullabye,” the makings of a signature tune that he could play for audiences the rest of his days. (9 tracks; 57:30 minutes) www.davidcookmusic.com www.bjurecords.com
The release party for this CD is this week on January 5 at the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC.
Labels: BJU, brooklyn jazz underground, David Cook, Matt Clohesy, Matt Ferber