Logically, the appearance of an album focused on George Gershwin tunes should surprise no one. But in our current jazz culture, which prioritizes original composition, tributes like Our Love Is Here to Stay are not the norm. Nowadays, even players who can’t write feel obligated to play their own stuff.
Peter Beets is an established pianist in his native country, the Netherlands. His work appears on Dutch labels, but like many Europeans, he often records in the United States with American musicians. This album was recorded near Washington, D.C. with two capable players from that area, bassist Tom Baldwin and drummer Eric Kennedy.