Jazz Picks of the Week
- Lively session from saxophonist Gephart, who gives everyone in the sextet plenty of time to stand up and be heard. Neal Alger is a fun listen on guitar, and Tom Garling's trombone contrasts nicely with the guitar's bright notes. Eric Montzka on drums, Kelly Sill on bass, Karl Montzka on piano round on the sextet. Straight ahead tunes with a Friday night out on the town feel to them. When they slow it down, as they do on "Birch Trees in the Snow," it's almost heartbreakingly pretty.