Brandi Disterherft Trio w/ George Coleman
Justin Time Records
Brandi Disterheft is a Canadian bassist and vocalist. George Coleman is jazz saxophonist – a living legend (he was 85 at the time of this recording) who worked with Miles Davis and Chet Baker, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Lee Morgan, Max Roach and many others.
Brandi’s trio is rounded out by Brazilian drummer/percussionist Portinho and pianist Klaus Mueller. They are dutiful sidemen – tasteful and so deft at hovering in the background. They know this is Disterheft’s show and are grateful for the work and the chance to support it. They also know, as on the lovely, smoky solo that frames a lovely rendition of My Foolish Heart, that Coleman’s cameos are a big part of the magic they’re there to serve.
But even with out the sax-man in scene-stealing moments, Disterheft is a huge talent and Surfboard, her fifth album as a leader, is chock full of wonderful songs and subtly astounding performances.
Brandi’s voice is one thing – a touch of Norah Jones about it when doing the ballads (a kick-arse slow-core reworking of On Broadway is an absolute gem) – but her bass playing is what drives this. Her delightfully woody tone (Manhattan Moon) and dexterous finger-work (The Pendulum at Falcon’s Lair) propel these tunes.
Coleman’s other great star-turn is on Speak Low, another wonderful standard – here given a light samba backing and so much space for Coleman’s creamy, dreamy sax.
But you can’t forget Disterheft. She’s just there. Doing the work. Great singing. Amazing playing. Tight, perfect band-leading. A real star. And though, for some, there might be a show-tune/cruise-ship aspect to this – jazz on display! – it’s well worth a listen. She’s an extraordinary talent and is surrounded here by tasteful playing, as should only be the case.