There is something to be said, 60 years on, about the durability and staying power of the hard bop subgenre of jazz. The jazz subtype forged in the early 1950s by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and Miles Daviscould still be considered “mainstream jazz” today considering bassist Adi Meyerson’s potent and swinging contribution to the catalog, Where We Stand. Customary hard bop quintet core? Check. Complex, often angular heads? Check. Earthy blues and gospel accents? Check. Traditional soloing? Check. Drumming freedom anticipating post-bop? Check. Compositional emphasis? Check. Yes, Meyerson provides them all and more on her debut recording. Auspicious? You bet!
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