Brooke Sofferman: Modestly’s Odyssey

A veteran drummer trained in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, Brooke Sofferman contributes 12 beguiling originals that pack plenty of emotionality into this robust, modern session craftily navigated by his cohorts. Highlights abound and no two cleverly-titled tunes sound alike. When saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi or guitarist Norm Zocher team up with vocalist Abby Aronson, they yield exhilarating meanderings (especially notable on the fast-paced “Steak & Eggs”). Acoustic bassist Thomson Kneeland locks well with Sofferman’s wide-ranging traps work, which makes the rhythm section sizzle with thrust and vigor. Synergistic, suave artistry from everyone adds to this A-plus session.