Amazing new jazz combinations Bill McBirnie Trio – FIND YOUR PLACE: When I reviewed Bill’s “Grain Of Sand” album, he not only got high marks, but a “PICK” from me… on his new album, Bill and his partners Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 organ and Anthony Michelli on drums provide some amazing new jazz combinations… you will be totally enchanted by the first four bars, to be sure… to get better acquainted with Bill’s upbeat and smooth flute style, I (most strongly) suggest you enjoy this older live performance video first…
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I started off my listen scoping out Bill’s original and title track, “Find Your Place” (because I always look for artist originals first), and was immediately impressed… the recording is flawless, and Bill’s flute talks to you right from his heart… jazz DJ’s across the globe will be putting this great tune on their playlists for permanent rotation, I’ve no doubt!
I was truly impressed by the trio’s performance of the opening track, Cole Porter’s “So In Love“… Bill’s flute is straightforward jazz, with superb tones from Bernie’s Hammond complimented very nicely by Anthony’s high-energy drumming… an excellent jazz tune (it was this one that made me decide the entire album would earn a permanent spot on my iPhone player – something that happens for only the best of the BEST jazz).
Your toes will be tapping and fingers popping with glee as you listen to the trio perform Horace Silver’s “Sister Sadie“… Senensky’s Hammond work on this tune is among the best jazz organ I’ve heard (yet) in 2021!
When it’s important for your soul to be in “bouncy be-bop” mode, songs like “Minority” will lift you right on UP out of whatever funky mood you might have been in, and wind up with you dancing ’round and ’round your living room… in fact, of the dozen delightful performances, this is my choice for personal favorite.
I give Bill and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information on Bill’s BandCamp page for the release. Rotcod Zzaj
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