Pianist Gerard Masters has a beautiful touch and an open ear. He and his trio (bassist Brett Hirst and drummer Nicholas McBride) have the wonderful Palindrome, recorded on his own Australian Jazzgroove label as calling card. From the sprite opener "Radio Head" through the introspective, Bill Evans-ish closer "Small Circle," this impresses with the caliber of performance as well as for its intricate compositions (all but one from the pianist) and arrangements. The title cut is an exquisite exploration into tone and rhythm that showcases the diversity and dexterity of the trio. "Ask Me Later" has a bluesy gospel feel to it, and "Song For Paul Bley," as might be expected, is melodic and spacious at the same time. McBride’s "Wheels" is a superb showcase for his drums work, reminiscent in places of Tony Williams or Elvin Jones, though with more of an eclectic bent.
Artist / Group Name:Gerald Masters Trio
Genre:Straight-Ahead / Classic
Record Label:Jazzgroove Records
Musicians:Gerard Masters (piano), Brett Hirst (bass), Nicholas McBride (drums).