Deseul Kim/Kim's Trio, "Relationships" (Self-produced 2013): this one caught my eye when I saw that one of the guests was Vincent Herring on alto sax and flute. As I have said before, when the names behind the young player are well-known and well-regarded, it is likely that the young player is an up and coming talent. And Kim is, both as a bass player and a composer of several of the songs. Nice straight ahead music played with flair. Others on the recording are Oscar Williams on piano, Ryan Palermo on drums, and PJ Rasmussen on guitar.
Sara Serpa and Ran Blake, "Aurora" (Clean Feed 2012): I have to admit that Serpa's voice takes some getting used to. She is hardly a classic jazz singer, so do not expect that. She is a marvelous interpreter of the jazmusic however. Her simple, unadorned and vibrattoless voice has been described as "smooth as glass", and it is its simplicity that at first surprises and then reassures us that we are listening to a very talented individual. She is from Portuagal, had training at Berklee and the New England Conservatory with Danilo Perez and Ran Blake among others, and is well known in New York circles. The arrangements are simple and sparse, with the Blake playing piano with Serpa, blending beautifully with her range and dynamic patterns and taking some lovely solos himself. This is a follow-up to an equally nice "Camera Obscura" (CD Baby 2010) by the duo. Tender, daring, captivating -- these are good words to describe the voice and the music. Serpa is an original but well worth the time to listen to.
Going on vacation after this week, so there will likely be a gap in posts until later in the month. But this one should provide for lots of exploration and discoveries.