For his sophomore ECM Records release, trumpet player Avishai Cohen has enlisted pianist Yonathan Avishai, Barak Mori on double bass, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Containing just five tracks , Cross My Palm With Silver is high quality jazz all the way, the leader's classy trumpet leading the charge but the full quartet acting as a firm, tight unit throughout. " _Will I Die, Miss_ Will I Die__ " kicks things off in sterling fashion, 10 minutes of irresistible grooves that lay down the foundation for soaring trumpet and majestic piano melodies. While "Theme For Jimmy Greene" slows the pace down a tad, the mournful notes are no less dramatic , and the almost telepathic interplay between the musicians can be heard on the sizzling "Shoot Me in the Leg", one of the albums more upbeat and frantic numbers. Waits' smoldering drums rumble underneath Cohen's somber melodies on "340 Down", eventually giving way to an acrobatic little drum solo before the songs tranquil closing, while the classy closer "50 Years and Counting" offers up the most traditional jazz sounds on Cross My Palm With Silver, Avishai's gorgeous piano strains just gliding over groove laden bass lines and steady drum beats.
All in all, Cross My Palm With Silver is a wonderfully album brimming with majestic instrumentation, classy melodies, some improv, as well as nods to classic jazz of yesteryear. It's another winner from the folks at ECM, and a recommended addition to your 2017 music wish list.
01 _Will I Die, Miss_ Will I Die__
02 Theme For Jimmy Greene
03 340 Down
04 Shoot Me In The Leg
05 50 Years And Counting