June 13, 2024


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CD review: Alan Broadbent Trio – Hot Club 2021: Video, CD cover

The Alan Broadbent Trio’s previous Savant release, New York Notes, received rave reviews in the international press. The Guardian (UK) wrote, “The bubbling stream of notes is both unpredictable and inevitable, and following it’s twists and turns is a joy.”

Couleurs Jazz (France) proclaimed, “Behold! A precious gem of a jazz recording.” “Trio in Motion” finds Broadbent, Billy Mintz and Harvie S reunited in the pianist’s New York apartment-studio recording music that is spontaneous, surprising, possessing a sly humor and emotionally involving. Broadbent received two Grammy awards and has collaborated with Natalie Cole (Unforgettable), Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Diana Krall and Paul McCartney. Each tune on the setlist is imbued with a warm intimacy and the refreshing, slightly piquant glow of intensity which warms both the listener’s heart and mind.

When listening to this, you may imagine that your ears have become just a little sharper. That’s how hearing Alan Broadbent’s piano playing often strikes me anyway. It’s because of the briskness and clarity of his technique, of course, but also the rhythmic suppleness. It’s hard to describe this without seeming hideously pretentious, but it’s real nonetheless. The bubbling stream of notes is both unpredictable and inevitable, and following its twists and turns is a joy.

If this album sounds especially ear-sharpening, that may be because Broadbent is playing his own piano, in his home studio, with two of his closest musical friends: bassist Harvie S and drummer Billy Mintz. The style is mainly classic bebop, which hasn’t changed in its essentials since Charlie Parker and his pianist contemporary, Bud Powell. There’s a gorgeous ballad too (I Fall in Love Too Easily), packed with so much fine detail I can’t stop playing it.

New Zealand-born Broadbent is also a composer, arranger, conductor and the double Grammy-winning creator of orchestral accompaniments for singers, from Natalie Cole to Paul McCartney. Why he isn’t among the world’s most famous musicians beats me.

  1. Aurevoir (4:08)
  2. Bon Chance (3:05)
  3. Red Roses (3:09)
  4. Good Days (3:35)
  5. Le Duc (5:00)
  6. Sunlight (2:34)
  7. Evening Light (3:07)
  8. Enchante (5:04)
  9. St Jacques (5:13)
  10. Cherie (4:27)
  11. Good Times (3:11)
  12. Midnight (3:10)
  13. Hot Sauce (3:15)
  14. Hop Hoppin (3:14)
  15. Champs Elysee (2:38)
  16. Black Pearl (3:28)

Alan Broadbent – piano
Harvie S – bass
Billy Mintz – drums


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