Wednesday, September 10, 2008

“Calm Breeze” by Derrick Finch (Jazz Artist from Los Angeles, California (CA))

"Calm Breeze" is a great, live traditional jazz album from The Derrick Finch Trio. Finch is a student of jazz piano influenced by the likes of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson and reflects this with great classical and traditional and avant-garde jazz arrangements reminiscent of his predecessors. His accompaniment, sometimes going beyond the implied trio, includes great stand-up bass lines, occasional saxophone solos, and classic jazz drumming. Together, The Derrick Finch Trio creates solid arrangements with great melodies that'll have your toes tapping and fingers snapping, guaranteed. "Calm Breeze" is a live recording, as well-done jazz is intended to be heard live. This recording is no exception. The title track, "Calm Breeze," has a great arrangement featuring Finch's versatile piano skills that show his complete mastery of the instrument, a sad saxophone, and a nice bass line. "Good Bye Pork Pie Hat" closes the album out nicely with a solo from Finch that features an excellent progression and a great build. "Calm Breeze" is proof that Derrick Finch's studies have paid off and he and his trio deliver a great jazz concert. Fans of acoustic, avant-garde, and traditional jazz, give The Derrick Finch Trio a listen.
-Chris & the Review Team
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