Released October, 2017 on New Direction Music
From Liner Notes:
"David Janeway is an extra ordinary pianist with great facility and wealth of ideas. He exhibits maturity and depth in his playing through all the different musical atmospheres that he has chosen. Without a doubt, David gave serious forethought in choosing the wonderful compositions on this CD, showing his wide range of musical appreciation and influences, thus giving the CD wide scope. David Janeway has most definitely, "ARRIVED"."
by Dan McClenaghan
December 11, 2017
New York City jazz pianist David Janeway and his trio sound as if they're trying to be a force for good in the universe. Secret Passages rides a relentless traditional momentum, rolling along with a positive vibe under the influence of a big push on the refresh button. Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell operated this way, with distinctively different styles.
The bass and drum team-Frank Tate and Chuck Zeuren, respectively-walk a joyful line between supportive and interactive in their backing of Janeway, as they navigate, with verve and finesse, well chosen tunes by Cedar Walton, trumpeter Tom Harrell, Jimmy Rowles, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow and Oscar Pettiford, along with three excellent Janeway originals. They craft a lush sound, full of poignancy and introspection on Jimmy Rowles, "502 Blues", they infuse the music with a soulful majesty on Jimmy Van Heusen's "Here's That Rainy Day," and they bounce with buoyant grooves and angular asides on Steve Swallow's "Eiderdown".
Janeway's title tune is the prettiest offering, an exploration of quirky beauty; and the closer, "Return," another Janeway-penned gem, has the feeling of tranquil reverie.
In the crowded and talent-filed world of jazz piano trio, Secret Passages stands out. Masterfully conceived and created, sequenced perfectly, it sounds like on of the classics of the genre.
Track Listing: Before You, Cedar's Blues, Eiderdown, 502 Blues, Interchange, Here's That Rainy Day, Secret Passages, Laverne Walk, Mark Time, Return.
Personnel: David Janeway: piano; Frank Tate: bass; Chuck Zeuren: drums.
Title: Secret Passages/Year Released: 2017/Record Label: New Direction Music.
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