January/February 2000

Michael Cochrane
Gesture of Faith

On Gesture of Faith, veteran Cochrane demonstrates a direct, fat-free linear style with a hint of Bill Evans in his chord voicings. Eddie Gomez's walking and crosscutting bass lines provide another source of interest and delight, as does Alan Nelson's drumming. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" swings cleanly as the trio exhibits the art of interplay as well as more traditional lead and support roles. Cochrane's chordal exposition of "Invitation" is rich and exotic. In addition to Cochrane's skill, this album reminds us again that Gomez is one of jazz's top bassists.

Originally published in January/February 2000
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