...Jacobson's buttery tone speaks and haunts...Like Roy Hargrove and Tom Harrell, Jacobson is a 'toucher' and not 'pusher' of unnecessary technique or pre-planned patterns.
Individually leading busy and varied artistic lives in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, trumpeter Eric Jacobson, pianist Pamela York and bassist Clay Schaub have gathered weekly for their Monday night residency at Milwaukee's Mason Street Grill since 2021. There they allow the ideas and inspirations gleaned through the week to take musical form in an intimate setting, unfurling arrangements on standards from the American Songbook, Latin jazz, bebop, or through their own compositions. Their debut recording captures their comfortable simpatico as their originals seamlessly interweave with an animated "Tin Tin Deo," a luxuriously slow reading of "Theme for Ernie," their up-tempo take on "The End of a Love Affair," and arrangements of lesser-known tunes by Charlie Parker and Cedar Walton.
"...like Lester Young, Bill Evans, and other of the more lyrical players, Pamela York plays each melody with a singer's grace and vibrancy." L.A. Jazz Scene
1. Open Windows 4:57 Jacobson
2. Fitzroy 5:31 Schaub
3. Tin Tin Deo 5:03 Fuller & Pozo
4. Blues for Change 6:26 York
5. Theme for Ernie 5:14 Fred Lacey
6. The End of a Love Affair 4:02 Edward Redding
7. Bongo Beep 4:45 Charlie Parker
8. Parisian Poet 4:49 York
9. Hindsight 4:36 Cedar Walton
10. Segment 4:39 C. Parker
Produced by Eric Jacobson, Pamela York, and Clay Schaub
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Vijay Tellis-Nayak
at Transient Sound, Chicago, IL
Recorded on September 14, 2022
Liner Notes by Scott Yanow
Photographs by Harvey Tillis
Cover painting by Humbak
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
You get more with less with the drummerless Affinity Trio consisting of Eric Jacobson/tp, Pamela York/p and Clay Schaub/b on this mix of boppers and originals. York and Schaub take turns supplying the feel, with bluesy beauty for Jacobson's sweet horn on "Open Windows" and bringing an easy peppy feel to Cedar Walton's "Hindsight". York is elegant a ...