Jeff Pittson: Go Where It’s Dangerous

With fiery panache, West Coast pianist Jeff Pittson leads an adventurous second journey with drummer Wally Schnalle, also playing ocarina, claviola, percussion, and bass and tastefully using cutting-edge computer technology and samples to build texture into some of the 10 tunes. Pittson balances the techno-fare with impassioned straight-ahead selections, lyrical ballads, and a gorgeous rendering of “The Godfather” theme. This is an exciting listen for the strong-hearted and you’ll tolerate his rarer excursions beyond jazz because his impeccable “inside” improvs are so melodiously pleasing.