Adrian Iaies Trio

A Child's Smile

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In the overflow of jazz-oriented piano-bass-drums trios on the market, Adrián Iaies may not be so much a breath of fresh air as a musician whose utter consistency outweighs most post-Bill Evans players. This is the kind of recording that you can listen to from start to finish without expecting grand variations, save one surprise where an accordion is added. Light, swinging, and melodic, Iaies provides the kind of pleasant yet substantive jazz Evans was famous for, yet there's a personal stamp placed on this original music, accented with childlike innocence. A bouncy quality is added to a cover of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," and you hear unison interplay between Iaies and bassist Ezequiel Dutil on "Red Kelly & Winton Garland at Loprete's House" (the names of Red Garland and Wynton Kelly purposefully switched in the title). Otherwise, the music is calming, swings lightly, and flows like a gentle stream. This effort from Iaies and his group provides full depth when listened to more than once.

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