Alon Nechushtan: Words Beyond

Israeli-born pianist-composer Alon Nechushtan establishes a loose-tight chemistry with drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Francois Mouton on his second trio release. A New York resident since 2003, his potent partnership with Weiss and Mouton places a premium on group interplay at the same time it encourages individual solo expression. From the playful, Monkish opener, “Muppet Shock,” to the highly interactive “Different Kind of Morning,” the off-kilter “Spinning the Clouds” and the swinging “Dr. Master Plan,” this stellar threesome blends daring instincts and dazzling virtuosity into organic expression. Other highlights include the engaging jazz waltz “Spring Soul Song,” the epic “Secret Short/Short Secret” and the gorgeous ballad “Heartbreakthrough,” which shifts from Bill Evans-esque delicacy to rhapsodic Keith Jarrett terrain.