by Russell Trunk
|Title – Distant Voices
Artist – David Janeway – ‘Distant Voices’
For those unaware, pianist David Janeway has just released his third trio recording, Distant Voices, on Steeplechase Records.Indeed, this is the first recording for his working trio that features Billy Hart on drums and Cameron Brown, bass.
During this time of Covid, Janeway looks back and pays tribute to the many jazz pianists that have inspired and influenced him throughout his career.
There are selections by Hank Jones, Walter Bishop Jr. Bill Evans and Ellington as well as tributes written for Ahmad Jamal, Larry Willis, Cedar Walton and Herbie Hancock.
This is an exciting and interactive trio that demonstrates a connected symbiosis between the players. Michael Nastos writes in his review, “This is an excellent recording, and the more you listen, the more compelling the music becomes. This could easily be one of the Top Ten Jazz CD’s on 2021, and maybe one for the ages.”
1. SWEET AND LOVELY (5:12)
Opening this vibrantly heartfelt new album are the lushly free flowing orchestrations of both SWEET AND LOVELY and MINOR CONTENTION and they are backed seamlessly by the more dulcetly ambient BLUE SERGE, the upbeat and perky MOONTRANE, the late night, smoky club-imbibed, upright bass-led GARDENIA and then get the swinging hipsway of ONE FOR CEDAR and the low, cultured ebb of BRIGITTE.
Up next are two of my own personal favorites here on this new album, the pairing of the gently fervent WALTZ FOR ZWEETIE and the faster-paced EXCURSION, the forthright appeal of ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, the album rounding out on the unadulterated gossamer of IN PASSING, the finger-snapping delights of NEFERTITI, closing on the upright bass-led, late night wonderment of MOVIN’ ON.
Janeway was born in Rochester, New York. He began studying classical piano at the age of five after moving to Detroit in 1960. Growing up in Detroit in the 60s and 70s, he became immersed in the rich tradition of R&B and Jazz, which afforded him the opportunity to work with such iconic artists, the Supremes, Marcus Belgrave, Wendall Harrison, Roy Brooks and many others before moving to NYC in 1978. After moving to New York City in 1978, Janeway studied with the late Albert Dailey for two years.
Active on the NYC scene since then, he has performed at Zanzibar, Visiones, Sonny’s, Village Gate for the Salsa Meets Jazz series, J’s, Sweet Basil, Sweet Rhythm, Cleopatra’s Needle, Birdland, Jazz Forum, and other NYC clubs. Janeway performed at the NYC Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden in 1980, the Detroit Jazz Festival along with other festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe.
He has played and/or recorded with Valery Ponomarev, Tom Harrell, Art Farmer, Sonny Fortune, Harvie S, Eddie Henderson, Benny Golson, David “Fathead” Newman, Bobby Sanabria, Angel Canales and Sabor, Jr. Cook, Michal Urbaniak and many others. Janeway has previously collaborated with Billy Hart and Sonny Fortune as a leader on his album, Inside Out, released on Timeless in 1993.
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