Newklear Music

Newklear Music is an album by the Keystone Trio – pianist John Hicks, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Idris Muhammad.

Newklear Music
Studio album by
Keystone Trio
RecordedFebruary 19, 1997
StudioClinton Recording Studios, New York City
GenreJazz
LabelMilestone
ProducerTodd Barkan
John Hicks chronology
Heart Beats
(1995)
Newklear Music
(1997)
Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook
(1997)

Background

The trio of pianist John Hicks, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Idris Muhammad was assembled for a recording led by saxophonist Archie Shepp in 1995.[1] That session was produced by Todd Barkan for Venus Records.[2] He commented that "It was magic! A telepathy, balance, and cohesiveness that I rarely hear."[2] The trio subsequently recorded Heart Beats in December 1995.[3] Newklear Music is a tribute to the music of saxophonist Sonny Rollins, whose nickname is "Newk".[3]

Recording and music

The album was recorded at Clinton Recording Studios in New York City, on February 19, 1997.[4] Barkan was the producer.[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz observed that "What is immediately clear is that Newk writes songs, not chord shapes."[3]

Release

Newklear Music was released by Milestone Records.[4]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[5]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz described the album as "piano-trio jazz of the very highest quality".[3] AllMusic concluded that "Although the performances at times lack character, this classy piano trio does provide a fresh perspective on Rollins' music."[5]

Track listing

  1. "O.T.Y.O.G."
  2. "Times Slimes"
  3. "Wynton"
  4. "Here's to the People"
  5. "Airegin"
  6. "Tell Me You Love Me"
  7. "Silk 'n' Satin"
  8. "Kids Know"
  9. "Love Note for Sonny"

Personnel

References

  1. Huey, Steve "Keystone Trio". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. "Keystone Trio". Concord Music Group. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  3. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (7th ed.). Penguin. p. 908.
  4. "Keystone Trio Discography". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. Todd, Jim "Keystone Trio – Newklear Music". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
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