Jacques Chanier

Kite Flight

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Jacques Chanier displays a crisp, inventive style as a pianist and a composer on this independently released, superbly recorded album. Not one to hog the spotlight, Chanier distributes solo room generously among his trio mates: bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Brooke Sofferman. The all-original program is wonderfully varied and unpredictable: adventurous, swinging tracks like "Naïve Cat," "Blue Bec," and "Blueberry Pancakes"; a 5/4 ballad titled "Quiet Memories"; a fractured, dissonant funk feel on "Remembering Miles"; a vaguely carnival-esque, sui generis title track; and a closing "Hymn" that floats euphorically out of tempo. The most subtle work, however, can be heard on "Passing By," a delicate song with passages that move almost imperceptibly between 3/4 and 4/4. Marvelous work from a Boston-based musician who should be more widely known.