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David Chesky: Jazz In The New Harmonic gets Downbeat Editor's Pick' for August 2013

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David Chesky has said that for his new quintet album, he wanted to take his "harmonic language" (influenced by the classical composers Ives, Webern and Messiaen) and merge it with a strong sense of groove. The pianist/composer certainly achieved that goal with Jazz In The New Harmonic , thanks to his stellar band: Billy Drummond (drums), Peter Washington (bass), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) and Javon Jackson (tenor saxophone). Although Chesky is the leader here, this isn't a piano showcase, as he lets his collaborators shine. During this cohesive program, the rhythm section locks into insistent grooves, providing a sturdy setting for impressive, athletic bouts between Pelt and Jackson. The track "American Culture X" features one of their best sparring matches, as Pelt's muted trumpet delivers cool jabs while Jackson's tenor bobs and weaves at a deliberate pace. On "Grooves From The Underground," Washington offers a propulsive, unrelenting bass riff that is complemented by Pelt's cool, muted trumpet coloration. The album's eight tracks were recorded at Brooklyn's Hirsch Center by Nicholas Prout, who co-produced the album with Chesky. This is a binaural recording that sounds fantastic through a good set of headphones.