Christian Jacob

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Christian Jacob's second CD as a leader finds the pianist building upon his debut with harmonically sophisticated and complex yet accessible improvisations. He performs five originals (including hard-driving versions of "Guess Again" and "Cumulonimbus," which recall McCoy Tyner a little) and five standards. Of the latter, he reinvents "In A Mellow Tone," swings "I'm Old Fashioned," and comes up with a beautiful rendition of "America the Beautiful." Bassist Steve Swallow is a major asset throughout (particularly on the latter piece), while drummer Adam Nussbaum is both stimulating and subtle. Overall, this is high-quality music played by a fully integrated modern jazz piano trio.

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