The Ninth Planet
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Bertus - C-string Records
Sometimes gorgeous chamber jazz has a way of being too spacey-sounding. That's not a problem with this trio, which employs the intriguing combination of double bass, bass clarinet, plus the leader's guitar -- which also keeps a feel for blues alive. (Give the opening tune "Ruimte" a spin for evidence of this.) None of the soloists ever goes "outside" or pushes the envelope of either tonality or texture. But that's not always what's required when it comes to creating fine contemporary music. This is lightly spun jazz that capably avoids falling into the trap of "lite jazz."