Challenge Records is proud to release the new album by piano veteran Lex Jasper with Frans van Geest (double bass) and Vincent Koning (guitar). Jasper gives us a combination of standards by George Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn and Jimmy McHugh, among others, plus original material written by the pianist.
“This trio’s compatibility is exhibited by their time feel, harmonic and rhythmic agreement and overall simpatico. On the beautiful ballad, Letter to Alissa, you’ll enjoy the trio’s sensitivity which allows the melody and solo ideas to breathe. Lex Jasper’s compositions blend so well with the other selections, you find yourself thinking that they just might be standards that haven’t yet been heard. My dear friend, boss and rhythm section partner, Ray Brown, had this to say. “If you’re going to play someone else’s material, make sure you put a new dress on it.” Willow Weep for Me and Take the A Train, for instance, will provide new additions to your wardrobe! Lastly, just to make sure they have our attention, you’ll appreciate the harmonic surprises they throw at us in I
Should Care. Whether this trio plays a medium tempo swing, gentle bossa nova or peaceful ballads, you get the feeling that they “own” every groove they play. Sit back, relax and experience this trio’s offering to us.” - Jeff Hamilton