Scott Tixier: Brooklyn Bazaar

Scott Tixier, a 26-year-old French-born violinist who studied with Jean-Luc Ponty in Paris and Mark Feldman in his current base of Brooklyn, hits the ball out of the park on his debut. Joined by guitarist Douglas Bradford (whose slightly distorted sound gives this session an edge), pianist Jesse Elder, bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Arthur Vint, Tixier impresses with both his stellar chops and fresh conceptual vision on tracks like “Keep in Touch,” the joyous “Bushwick Party” (which morphs from 12/8 romp to 4/4 groove and has Elder cleverly comping a James Brown riff), the moving ballad “Arawaks” (featuring Emilie Weibel’s wordless soprano vocals), the frantic swinger “Miss Katsu” and the adventurous “Shopping With Mark F” (for Feldman).