PATRICK CORNELIUS, MAYBE STEPS


A busy sideman, pianist Gerald Clayton is the keystone talent supporting the alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius on his third album, Maybe Steps,” along with a quintet that includes bassist Peter Slavov, drummer Kendrick Scott and guitarist Miles Okazaki. The Julliard trained Cornelius leads his quintet on nine originals and three lovely covers. The originals provide the winning moments, from the effusive title tune to the Ravel inspired “Bella’s Dreaming” and the expressive lyricism of “Brother Gabriel.” This is a great showcase for Cornelius’s impressive compositions – his tunes are complex yet accessible and uniquely melodic. Clayton, Slavov and Scott (a formidable drummer with a strong new album, “Oracle”) form a grand rhythm section and underscore Cornelius’s lively tunes with verve (“Shiver Song.”) Clayton pairs well with Cornelius, effusively comping behind the saxophonist and he bundles his solos with great post-bop ideas. Cornelius’s influences may include Coltrane, Parker and Rollins, but he’s definitely got his own thing going on with “Maybe Steps.” This is a confident and assured statement, and it’s an album of hip twists and solos (“A Day Like Any Other”) thanks to a special band of musicians and their gifted leader. (11 tracks; 56:09 minutes)  www.posi-tone.com

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JAZZ IN SPACE: PATRICK CORNELIUS, MAYBE STEPS

Monday, January 7, 2013

PATRICK CORNELIUS, MAYBE STEPS


A busy sideman, pianist Gerald Clayton is the keystone talent supporting the alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius on his third album, Maybe Steps,” along with a quintet that includes bassist Peter Slavov, drummer Kendrick Scott and guitarist Miles Okazaki. The Julliard trained Cornelius leads his quintet on nine originals and three lovely covers. The originals provide the winning moments, from the effusive title tune to the Ravel inspired “Bella’s Dreaming” and the expressive lyricism of “Brother Gabriel.” This is a great showcase for Cornelius’s impressive compositions – his tunes are complex yet accessible and uniquely melodic. Clayton, Slavov and Scott (a formidable drummer with a strong new album, “Oracle”) form a grand rhythm section and underscore Cornelius’s lively tunes with verve (“Shiver Song.”) Clayton pairs well with Cornelius, effusively comping behind the saxophonist and he bundles his solos with great post-bop ideas. Cornelius’s influences may include Coltrane, Parker and Rollins, but he’s definitely got his own thing going on with “Maybe Steps.” This is a confident and assured statement, and it’s an album of hip twists and solos (“A Day Like Any Other”) thanks to a special band of musicians and their gifted leader. (11 tracks; 56:09 minutes)  www.posi-tone.com

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