Astrid Cowan: Swing Team

This recording illustrates the axiom that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Although each player contributes pleasing solos, it’s the whole package that makes pianist Astrid Cowan’s recording an enjoyable straight-ahead listen. Mixing Latin-flavored originals and standards with players of easy compatibility, Cowan guides her quintet handily through their chosen repertoire. Swing Team is aptly titled-they are and they do.