Variations on a Summer Day
Fresh Sound New Talent
Pianist Frank Carlberg features a vocalist, Christine Correa, on his Variations on a Summer Day, but she's much more integral to the collection, a cycle of tunes that set Wallace Stevens' poetry to music. Correa's performance veers toward somber abstraction, focusing on a moody lyricism that fits nicely with the leader's beautifully arranged, chamberlike charts. Aided by a terrific band-reedists Chris Cheek, Chris Speed and Andrew D'Angelo, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, bassist Ben Street and drummer Kenny Wollesen-Carlberg pulls off this ambitious work with a rare sense of economy and singularity of purpose.