Hey, all of this shows in his music. Lawson has listened well and certainly has applied himself. His trumpet playing is absolutely gorgeous. There is a lovely combo effort and the music effortlessly flows. There is a lot of confidence in Lawson and his band’s playing. They are sharp and tightly consistent throughout the album. Bernstein’s ‘Some Other Time’ is a poignant example. This ballad is played with extreme sensitivity and deliberate care that it can bring tears to your eyes. It is like someone who trying to hold off and makes a determined effort at rationalization, but eventually cannot help the bitter sorrow and lets all the salty rain come dripping down, hands in head in a grey empty room.
"Midnight in Merizo" is a stunning first album.