Josh Nelson

The Sky Remains

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation

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Josh's piano and compositional work got high marks from me in issue # 155, and this new 2017 release has even more sensitive songs... per the liner notes, it's somewhat of a "love song" for his native city, Los Angeles... you'll certainly hear hear his creative genius and jazz sensitivity on great tunes like the 7:04 "The Architect"... his playing on this one takes me (way back) to the "old L.A.", the one I remember from the early 1960's, when being from there was definitely hip... an ultimately cool song that gets lots of replays on my iPhone! His cast of players is far too long to itemize here, but you can check it out on the Origin Records label page for the album. I totally dug the percussion woven into "Lost Souls of Saturn", written originally by Russ Garcia (a real "Hollywood" feel on this one). It was easy to pick my personal favorite of the ten tunes Josh offered up, though... the closer, "Stairways", pays homage (in a most unique way) to the city's expansive network of stairways, oddly enough... it's the most comforting jazz composition I've heard (yet) in 2017.






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