Playful energetic hip jazz Jon Sheckler – CITYSCAPES: There are two words in drummer Jon Sheckler’s press release that best describe what his trio does… “playful” and “energetic“… the “hip” just comes naturally with the turf they’re treading upon… don’t just “take my word for it“, though… listen to the sample for the 5:40 “Junction Junction“… Jon’s drums are just killer on the piece, and I’m absolutely in love with Aron Caceres’s silky-smooth bass and Steve Denny’s earthy Rhodes…
You’ll find a few videos of performances Jon has done is on his YouTube channel… he tells me he’s working on getting some of these performances up there, so visit soon, return often & be sure to SUBSCRIBE while you’re there.
Since my own instrument is Rhodes (or electronic keyboards of any sort, actually), I was super excited to hear Steve’s superb Rhodes skills on “C.B.R.“… Jon’s drums “keep pushing“, and Aron’s bass solos are absolute killer on this excellent tune… I predict that you’ll be hearing this in rotation on MANY jazz stations across the country… it’s certainly among the very best jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2018!
The trio weaves intricate wonderment on my personal favorite of the seven (long) songs offered up… “3rd Floor Walk Up“… what really stands out for Jon’s trio is that there is no “overplaying“… each of the instruments is captured on the recording seamlessly, and they are totally “with” each other, particularly on this stunning piece of jazz! I’ve no doubt your ears will be just as amazed as mine were!
I give Jon and his mates a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of a (perfect) 5.00; which means, of course, that he also gets my “PICK” for “best jazz trio work”. Get more information on Jon’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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