CLASSY TRIOS…David Janeway: Distant Voices
David Janeway shows a wide swath of talent and accessible bop styles as he plays both piano and keyboards in hip trio fashion with the adroit support of bassist Cameron Brown and the legendary drummer Billy Hart.
There are 13 tunes here, mixing a handful of originals with some original takes of jazz standards and obscurities. On keyboards, he percolates a slick and slow groove on Wayne Shorter’s “Nefertiti” and gives a soulful pulse for Freddie Hubbard’s “Brigitte” making the session feel like a vintage CTI recording.
On piano, his left hand has a Bill Evansy softness and lyricism as on “Blue Serge” while showing an Ahmad Jamal’s use of space on the cadenced “Sweet and Lovely”. He digs in deep for a staccato’d “Excursion” and bops with class on “One For Cedar”, waltzing with aplomb on the lyrical “Gardenia” and the genteel Tin Pan Alley mooded “In Passing”. The team blends well, with Brown giving an exotic intro to “All Or Nothing At All” and Hart riding the whip on “Moontrane”. Timeless joys.