In this culturally diverse idiom called jazz, I’m blessed with the opportunity to become acquainted with new music by a fascinating young pianist/composer named Alon Nechushtan. Prior to his sophomore effort “Words Beyond” this New England Conservatory grad like many of his peers landed feet first in the “Big Apple” with hopes of developing and strengthening his skill and voice by playing with a variety of top-shelve musicians after moving to New York in 2003.
With nine originals available, it was evident Alon needed to call upon two supreme players who have the agility, sensitivity and the unique synergy needed to record and complete “Words Beyond.” Therefore, he summon drummer Dan Weiss and Francois Moutin to shape the tones, define the structure and melodies of this wonder banquet of intriguing pieces. Alon appears to approach his compositional voicing’s based upon the blueprint and elements of traditional jazz. With the opener “Muppet Shock,” this gifted player/composer eloquently sets the atmosphere and foundation for “Words Beyond.” Continue reading