Noah Haidu: Slipstream

A Virginia native and New York resident, pianist-composer Noah Haidu swings with seasoned authority on his debut as a leader. Joined by the potent frontline of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, and fueled by the rhythm tandem of bassist Chris Haney and either John Davis or Willie Jones III on drums, the quintet serves up smart, modernist fare like “Soulstep,” “Where We Are Right Now” and “The Trouble Makers,” capturing an early ’60s Blue Note vibe while reflecting the influences of all the usual suspects (Freddie, Herbie, Wayne, Joe Henderson). Haidu demonstrates a confident touch at the keyboard throughout, and stretches in daring fashion on a blistering trio rendition of Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things.” Both Pelt and Irabagon deliver heated solos, and their playing is particularly fiery on the title track.