David Berkman – Old Friends and New FriendsMay 8, 2015 / No Comments / Tags: Adam Kofker, Billy Drewes, brian blade, David Berkman, dayna Stephens, Linda Oh, Palmetto Records, thejazzpage.com
Pianist David Berkman’s Old Friends and New Friends is one of those recording that is an absolute delight to listen to. Berkman’s playing on the tunes is like watching a painting in progress in its artistry and beauty. The outstanding quality of the writing, all Berkman compositions, provides the great framework for the performances to shine. Add to this, the talents of a wonderful group of accompanying musical talents and the whole production is elevated higher. The lineup here includes Dayna Stephens on alto and tenor saxophones, Billy Drewes on alto and soprano saxes, Adam Kofker on various saxes and clarinet, Linda Oh on bass and Brian Blade on drums. All these elements collide to make for a truly quality work.
Click to listen to a clip of “No Blues No Really Blues (Piano Trio Version)”:
Tracks: Tribute, No Blues No Really Blues, Past Progressive, Deep High Wide Sky, Strange Attraction Then Birds, No Blues No Really Blues (piano trio version), West 180th Street, Up Jumped Ming, Psalm .