Joel Forrester and People Like Us: In Heaven

The influence of Monk is writ large here, but as Francis Davis writes in the liner notes, Forrester’s ability to suggest Thelonious Monk [is achieved] by winking allusion rather than shallow emulation. The eight numbers are composed by Forrester, and the quartet’s playing is intelligent and engaging. On the longest number, The Road Ahead, Claire Daly’s rough tone on baritone and Forrester’s bright and playful approach are characteristic of the stimulating musical conversations one hears on this excellent outing.