Title - 'Now This' [ECM]
Artist - Gary Peacock Trio
In the realm of the piano trio the bar is set high, and creative bassist Gary Peacock (who turned 80 last month) has helped raise it in the groups of Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. Now here with Marc Copland on piano, Joey Baron on drums, and himself on double bass, Now This is an album with the bassist’s current trio, recorded last summer in Oslo.
The material and the playing throughout this incredible, beautiful new album all have a striking depth and resonance to it. The musicianship throughout is flawless, but that's always to be expected from Peacock. Indeed, all the noted artists provide each other with ample opportunity to stretch out with their individual instruments. Yet there’s a collective creative weaving as the inner depth of the material is fully explored.
Now This features 11 powerful new versions of some Peacock classics that are interspersed with recent compositions, with Copland and Baron also each contributing tunes. The group's tackling of Scott La Faro’s 'Gloria’s Step' is outstanding; quite brilliant unto itself.
We all know about Gary Peacock, but Joey Baron is a drummer supreme. Having played with just about everyone including Stan Getz, Art Pepper, Jim Hall, Dizzy Gillespie, David Bowie Tony Bennett and Michael Jackson, to name just a few, he is at his finest here on Now This. Marc Copeland is also one of the top tier jazz pianists playing today. His light touch on the keys and his Zen like approach to playing and composing is truly unique and without peer.