Award-winning pianist, composer Randy Klein also wears a business hat since he is president of the Jazzheads record label. Otherwise, this 2010 session features alternating soloists, in concert with Klein's sensitive stylizations and mood-building thematic excursions. Along with saxophonist Oleg Kireyev and trombonist Chris Washburne, Klein’s arrangements suggest a serene Sunday morning, where the neighborhood is quiet and everyone chills before the imminent weekday rush.
The preponderance of these works are designed with interpretive exercises via a warmly crafted soundscape amid intermittent quirks and detours. It’s largely about melody making, consisting of jazzy lines, interspersed with cunning exchanges from the soloists. However, the musicians sustain a notable level of buoyancy atop cascading passages and nimble movements, or when they inject doses of pop and sizzle into the program.
Klein’s articulate phrasings seamlessly fuse heart, soul and technical mastery into the big picture. Moreover, the musicians are emphatic when rendering tightly woven unison choruses. On "Pettis Pois," Washburne enacts a call and response episode with Klein as the duo elicits a tender muse. Klein underscores many of his duet frameworks with darting and weaving storylines while contrasting Kireyev’s edgy, resonating or softly delivered notes, for example.
Sure enough, Klein shrewdly adapts to each player’s framing of ideas and contrapuntal sequences. In essence, each piece stands on its own sans any filler material. Klein and associates purvey a myriad of emotive musical statements. In doing so, they separate the men from the boys so to speak, via a higher level of intuitiveness, that underscores the sterling musicianship evidenced throughout.