Gene Ess, A Thousand Summers
Gene Ess gets back to his roots on A Thousand Summers, joining forces with bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott, this wonderful gem is chalked full of wonderful standards. Parrott’s voice is unaffected and organic and though Ess is much more well-known as a modern jazz guitarist, he is no slack when it comes to serving up the traditional sounds appropriate for the cuts backing Parrott. Ess always impresses, with his ability to articulate modern or traditional lines on guitar. The backing ensemble of James Weidman (p), Thomas Kneeland (b), Gene Jackson (d), delights, this is a power packed recording of today’s all-stars.