Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

This is the 1st of your 3 free articles

Become a member for unlimited website access and more.

FREE TRIAL Available!

Learn More

Already a member? Sign in to continue reading

Dan Cray: Meridies

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

A Chicago native and newcomer to New York City, pianist Dan Cray joins with bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Mark Ferber and tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger on his sixth CD as a leader. Originals like the Latin-tinged “Worst Enemy,” the breezy waltz-time “East 69” and the gently swinging “Winter Rose (1728)” show the scope of Cray’s writing and improvisational skills. Preminger’s breathy tenor tones are prominently featured on the smoky ballad “Amor Fati,” performed as an intimate duet with the pianist, and the remarkably empathetic Ferber is showcased on the percolating “March of the Archetypes.” Cray also offers a cascading, contrapuntal 7/4 arrangement of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” and a spirited take on Joe Henderson’s “Serenity,” which turns Preminger loose with a breakneck solo. Meridies is an intelligent, exhilarating outing.

Originally Published