Enoch Smith, Jr. – The Quest: Live at APCDecember 2, 2016 / No Comments / Tags: Andrew Atkinson, Emily Braden, Enoch Smith Jr., John Davis, Mimi Jones, Noah Jackson, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, thejazzpage.com
Pianist/ composer Enoch Smith, Jr. brings jazz back to its church roots with his latest effort. The Quest: Live at APC is the product of two performances at the Allentown Presbyterian Church in Allentown, NJ. We’re reminded with this effort that Smith’s gift as a pianist is matched by his talents as arranger. The set here is a selection of nicely re-imagined takes on some spiritual standards and equally enjoyable originals. Vocalists Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Emily Braden contribute fantastic vocals to several of the tunes. The band joining in is comprised of bassist Mimi Jones and drummer John Davis in one trio and Noah Jackson on bass along with Andrew Atkinson on drums for the other. Another outstanding work in Smith’s continuing musical ascendancy.
Click to listen to a clip of “The Quest”:
Tracks: Searching for God, Open Your Eyes You Can Fly, With Me (intro), With Me, Creator, Home, Jesus Loves Me, The Quest, Love Lude, Wheels Up, Jesus Loves Me (alternate take) .