by Tom Haugen
The pianist David Janeway returns with his 3rd solo album, and along with Cameron Brown on bass and Billy Hart behind the drum kit he pens a record that looks back on those that inspired him by covering Hank Jones and Wayne Shorter, among others, and offering tribute songs to Larry Willis, Ahmad Jamal, Cedar Walton and Herbie Hancock.
“Sweet And Lovely” starts the listen with quick drumming, playful bass lines and Janeway’s graceful keys providing much warmth in the flowing jazz climate, and “Minor Contention” follows with a swift and melodic display of bouncy keys amid the quick drumming
Later in the listen, “Gardenia” offers a cautious and very elegant album highlight that’s as dreamy as it is memorable, while “One For Cedar” illustrates incredible chemistry between the trio as a timeless jazz flavor unfolds in the Janeway original. “Waltz For Zweetie”, another exceptional track, then moves with much beauty via the mature and skilled interplay that is greatly appreciated.
Nearing the end, “In Passing” radiates a reflective quality with the keys and bass working together sublimely, and “Movin’ On” exits the listen with an upbeat, lush and full execution where all the players showcase their respective strengths in spades.
Janeway began playing the piano at age 5, and made the move to New York City in the late ‘70s, where he’s enjoyed a luminous career since. The first recording for his working trio, let’s hope this combination of talent work together again very soon, cause Janeway, Hart and Brown make the most out of the interpretations, and the originals don’t disappoint, either.