Kevin Harris: The Butterfly Chronicles

Boston-based pianist Kevin Harris possesses a spare style and a gentle touch. Backed by loose, playful drumming from Steve Langone and Kendall Eddy’s deliberate bass, Harris tiptoes and pirouettes across a relaxed set of ballads and lightly soulful grooves. His solo take on “Sweet Georgia Brown,” the only standard here, combines a blues feeling with some unusual harmonics, but otherwise things stay largely straight-ahead. The subtle Latin charm of “Magic Jar” and “Butterfly,” a homespun ballad, are highlights.