Alan Broadbent Trio: Like Minds 

Piano trio refreshes some standards through spontaneous improvisation and the inclusion of tunes rarely essayed in the format


This third Savant recording by Alan Broadbent’s fine trio with bassist Harvie S and drummer Billy Mintz follows the outstanding New York Notes and Trio In Motion. The trio’s releases are a model of spontaneous improvisation in the tradition, pushing it in unobvious ways, with each note deeply felt.

Broadbent comments in an online interview on the spontaneity of the performances: “Everything was new when we played in the studio, which can be kind of dangerous. But that’s what I want, that feeling of unpredictability and the excitement that the unknown brings . . . there is an immediacy to it, a deeper emotional quality.”

The programme is a mix of unobvious standards and jazz standards, and originals. The opener is Hank Mobley’s hard-bop classic This I Dig of You – rarely performed, especially in a piano trio version, so it’s a delight to have this. Edwards and Lawrence’s With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair gets a plangent interpretation.

Sonny Rollins’s Airegin – another jazz standard by a saxophonist that’s performed infrequently, especially by a piano trio – is a masterclass in Tristano-influenced spontaneous improvisation. Bud Powell’s Blue Pearl gets a masterful interpretation, and the album closes with the third jazz standard by a saxophonist, a superb performance of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite.

This I Dig of You; Prelude To Peace; With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair; Dance Only With Me; Airegin; Stairway To The Stars; Blue Pearl; This Is New; Yardbird Suite (59.37)
Broadbent (p); Harvie S (b); Billy Mintz (d). RVS Studio, presumably New York City, 29 April and 27 July 2021.
Savant Records SCD2198