SOME ECHANTED EVENING
Miles Black Trio
The Miles Black Trio doesn't take many risks with their CD Some Enchanted Evening, but then again that's one of the simple charms of this effort, it's familiar for the listener.
Black and company offer up a recording of songs most any jazz listener has heard before, typical is the title cut, a song most will relate to the late Robert Goulet, and a Las Vegas lounge. The Trio does a nice job of offering up a relaxing rendition of the title-classic.
The CD includes nine cuts, including renditions of Moonglow, Somewhere and the very familiar On the Sunny Side of the Street. As you can see from the list, this isn't anything new in terms of music here, but again the listener will forgive that, because the Miles Black Trio offers up a solid rendition of these numbers, which is rather enjoyable.
The Miles Black Trio is out of Vancouver. The trio includes pianist Miles Black, bassist Miles Hill and drummer Dave Robbins, all three being fine musicians, who ply there trade smoothly here.
That is both the strength of this CD, three guys doing music they obviously love, and doing it well, and also the weakness because you might expect these guys to come up with something newer, something a bit more daring to push themselves a bit more.
Still, you will enjoy this one, if you like jazz. It won't take you to the moon, but you'll enjoy giving this one a spin on occasion when you want something that you know well, sort of like calling an old friend just to hear the voice. In this case the Miles Black Trio speaks with a practiced and cohesive voice.
You can check out the trio at www.cellarlive.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan.14, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada