Ken Berman: Sound Poetry

Here’s an intuitive and lyrical collection of music by a trio lead by pianist Ken Berman. He uses his solo sounds on Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” as atmospheric bookends to frame his delicate work with Kai Eckhardt/eb and Akira Tana/dr. As for the solo excursions, hints of Satie pop up here and there, while on his trio selections, stately melodies and thoughtful solos abound on compositions such as “Dylan” and “The Poet” while a bit of bluesy grooves slide to center stage with a touch of bop on “Frisell” and “Diane.” His approach is quite mature and patient, but never stale or rote-he has feeling in his delivery but it’s more on the side of grace than grease. Flowing like a silk nightgown.

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