It may suffice to say that Jeremy Siskind is a brilliant young musical talent who plays on a level of sophistication usually reserved for players further along in life’s struggles. The music on Prophecy, however, goes well beyond recognition of an emerging young lion. Siskind and his trio mates, bassist Jesse Brehenzy and drummer Dave Tedeschi, have released a collection of tunes that successfully stretch the boundaries of pre-conceived notion while simultaneously paying homage to the legacy of innovation concerning piano trios of the past.
The influences on Siskind’s playing and composing are diverse and evident throughout the discs eleven tracks. The pianist exhibits an overt swinging style with a modern twist; the sounds of esteemed giants like Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, and Hank Jones are balanced nicely with the more modern styles of Steve Kuhn and Kenny Barron.
The overall polished sound of the trio is a result of like musical minds contributing equally to Siskind’s musical vision. Brehenzy provides solid support with a rich, warm tone and impeccable intonation. He proves himself an inventive and lyrical soloist, especially on "Independence v. 3.0" and "John Deere." Tedeschi is a commanding drummer with an aggressive, yet sensitive approach. With technique to spare, the dynamic percussionist focuses on the overall landscape of each composition and reserves his prowess according to the needs of the music.
Siskind is a unique musical force developing in an overcrowded jazz world too often content with imitation and generic offerings. Prophecy is a well conceived and brilliantly executed release which will hopefully have a chance to reach within listening range of industry movers and shakers.