by Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine

“Expanding Heart” by the Jarrett Cherner Trio (Baldhill Records) has the Brooklyn piano player/composer/band leader leading two drum’n’bass rhythm sections (depending on the track). Their jazz take on Otis Redding’s “I Got The Will” is alone worth the price of admission but the two Ornette Coleman covers show not only creativity but bravery in attempting the late avant-garde saxophonist’s “What Reason Could I Give” and “Turnaround” with just piano/bass/drums. Most of the material is original and after albums in ’06, ’13 and ’14, Cherner’s got not only the chops, but the imagination to impress. Highly recommended.

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