Hailey Niswanger – The Keeper

May 16, 2012 / No Comments / Tags: Darren Barrett, Hailey Niswanger, Mark Whitfield Jr., Max Moran, Takeshi Ohbayashi

(Calmit Records)

Saxophonist Hailey Niswanger plays with all of the skill and sophistication of someone three or four times her age of twenty-one. The latest showcase for her virtuosity is her sophomore release, The Keeper. The 11-track album, which features eight tunes which she composed, is further testimony to Niswanger’s tremendous artistry. The album is a total swingfest, featuring a lineup of talented sidemen who help power the music. Joining the Houston native on the project are Max Moran on bass, Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano, Mark Whitfield, Jr. on drums and Darren Barrett on trumpet for several tracks. The recording includes nice renditions of tunes by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Cole Porter. If you appreciate hearing fantastic, next-level musicianship, you can not go wrong by checking this one out.

Click here to listen to a clip of “The Keeper”.

Tracks: Scraps, Straight Up, Norman, Milestones, Ravine, Played Twice, Balance, Night and Day, Tale of Dale, “B” Happy, The Keeper.

Website: HaileyNiswanger.com