USA: Steve Nelson - Brothers Under The Sun (High Note 2017)
Vibist Steve Nelson made a big splash as a newcomer in the jazz polls at
the end of the '80s just as the vibraphone began to re-emerge as one of
jazz's favorite instruments. The cool, drifty, slightly detached sound
of the vibraphone will forever be associated with great jazz players
like Lionel Hampton, Gary Burton and others, but Nelson has firmly
established himself as a leader of top-notch small ensembles that
showcase his own personal voice on the instrument. Leading a blue-chip
quartet composed of pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Peter Washington,
and drummer Lewis Nash, Nelson has put together an imaginative setlist
that serves as a tribute to the late pianist Mulgrew Miller, with whom
Nelson enjoyed a long and fruitful musical collaboration and friendship.
Throughout the date the interplay of the quartet is engaging, the
creativity unflagging and the joy in the music making is always
apparent. Brothers Under the Sun is a substantial addition to Steve
Nelson's far-too-small discography as a leader.