Exuberant beauty and groove Bennett Paster – Radiance

Exuberant beauty and groove Bennett Paster – RADIANCE:  It’s been a few years since I reviewed pianist Bennett’s superb “Indivisible” album, where he got very high marks from me, indeed.  His newest release, out on 1 November, 2023, is full of exuberant beauty and groove… you can watch and enjoy the trio in a recent LIVE performance at the Mezzrow Jazz Club to get a feel for their stellar vibes together…

Supporting Bennett’s beautiful keyboard work are Gary Wang on bass and Tony Mason doing drums… actually, Bennett’s own words are the best description of what’s going on here… “Music at the crossroads of beauty and groove”… nowhere is that better illustrated than on my personal favorite of the eleven exciting songs offered up, the 7:09 “I Remember Nat“… there’s a wonderful “down home” feel about the Paster original that takes me way back to my earliest adventures in jazz… absolute groove, folks!

Flawless recording and high-energy trio talent make this one of the most fascinating albums I’ve listened to (yet) in 2023… visit Bennett’s Bandcamp page, below, to get your copy.  I give this a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99.

Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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