Opening with the classic "Take The ‘A’ Train" the trio sets an upbeat mood all the more enhanced by drummer Joe Poole’s’ Bossa groove that provides the motive force to push this song into the realm of new and exciting arrangements. The piano flavour is reminiscent of Ahmad Jamal. Foster plays tasteful notes whether applied singularly or in multi-coloured texture.
With solid - tight playing the trio swings into action for Oscar Peterson’s "Cakewalk" laying down a stirring version that screams for attention. The Moroni tune "Jamal" sets a somber mood. Foster plays it heavy handed and with plenty of emotion as introduction, smoothly transitioning to a fanciful, swinging number that features masterful piano playing. This is one of the high light performances, with vibrant playing by all.
The Tony Foster original compositions are a mix of styles, with "Colors Of Siena" sounding classical and tinged with European jazz influences. The tribute to Ahmad Jamal "Mr. J" is a fast swinging song that burns with energy and features Foster as a highly stylized pianist. The bluesy ballad "How I Miss The Rain" shows an understated style where time and space play against the rhythm and set the hip mood. The title track, "In Between Moods" features a catchy rhythm and dynamic playing. The drums and piano play off each other with exciting fills while the bassist creates a full and solid bottom end.
As a debut record In between Moods by Tony Foster is a superlative trio recording. This is one of my favorites of 2009, it has a great feel, excellent musicianship, wonderful songs and that, oh.... so nice to listen to mood.