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Pianist, composer and arranger Jeb Patton has been described as both a “young phenom” and an “absolute great,” earning a well-regarded reputation in the international jazz community. On his MAXJAZZ piano series debut, New Strides, the multi-talented Patton shows great expression and energy on this exciting release. Accompanying him is bassist David Wong and drummer Pete Vannostrand. Special guests include two of the legendary Heath Brothers; saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.


THOUGHTS: Given how into piano trios I have been of late I was looking forward to this date. I can’t remember where I heard Jeb for the first time but I remember really digging it.  Most recently he has been working with the Heath Brothers so his name has come up a bit more frequently.  This date didn’t disappoint.  Some beautiful trio work! Great tunes, great arrangements and some stellar soprano saxophone work by Mr. Heath!  I really enjoyed the quartet tracks of course but Jeb really shines on all the trio tunes!


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