Friday, June 13, 2008


Joel Haynes Trio
Cellar Live
There are some CDs that the minute you put them on you know you have something special. That was certainly the case with Transitions from the Joel Haynes Trio. From the opening notes of the title cut, I just knew this jazz album was going to impress and please.
The good news is, it didn't disappoint as the trio worked its way through the eight cuts on the album.
Haynes is the drummer here, joined by Jodi Proznick on bass and Tilden Webb on piano. The simple instrumentation really adds to the music here. You can quite easily follow the contribution of each musician as they are given solos to shine, and then come back together again as a flawless trio. For example, Proznick does some delightful work on the cut House of Haynes, yet it is the sound of the entire trio, out of Ontario, which is most memorable here.
Seamus Blake is on hand as a guest to add tenor saxophone and on Champagne Supernova works so well with the trio, you wonder if they shouldn't be a quartet. The cut is arguably the best here, just an eyelash ahead of the title cut.
The material, all instrumental, is allowed to flow rather naturally, with several songs flirting with 10-minutes in length. The time allows the trio to fully explore the mood and context of the piece. It must have been a pure joy to be in the audience the night this one was captured.
The CD comes from Cellar Live, an amazing little jazz label out of Vancouver, noted for its live recording. Transitions is a live album, and shows just how accomplished this label is at what they do. Check out the label and band at
If you are a fan of jazz at all, then mark this one as a must for your collection. Delectable indeed!

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 11, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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