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A Higher Standard

21-H Records 21H001



1. Without A Song

2. Blue Silver

3. So Many Stars

4. The Will of Landham

5. Some Other Time

6. Bohemia After Dark

7. Very Early

8. Satellite

9. Blues Minus One

10. From the Bottom of My Heart

Pat Bianchi - Organ

Craig Ebner - Guitar

Byron Landham- Drums

Originally from Rochester, NY and now based in NYC, Hammond organist Bianchi has played and recorded with a variety of top jazz musicians including Lou Donaldson, Tim Warfield, Pat Martino and Chuck Loeb. On the evidence of this CD - the third under his own name - he certainly deserves to emerge from the sidelines and lead his own trio. Guitarist Ebner, a new name, but one who shows much promise, and experienced drummer Landham provide excellent support. Fans of Pat Martino will find the trio is not dissimilar in style to that guitarist's work with Joey DeFrancesco.

Bianchi's choice of material is ambitious but does not always favour the trio's capabilities. Very fast tempos such as those onThe Will of Landham and Bohemia After Dark encourage the organist to over-elaborate. By contrast, Leonard Bernstein's lovely tune,Some Other Time, provides an opportunity for guitarist Ebner to play a sensitive solo and he is also heard to good effect on the Bill Evans waltz, Very Early. The loping, mid-tempo Horace Silver tune, Blue Silver, suits the trio well as does Bianchi's Monkish original, Blues Minus One. Stevie Wonder's From the Bottom of My Heart is an enjoyable track with Bianchi stretching out nicely but, disappointingly, it fades prematurely.

The recording was supported with funds raised via Indiegogo, a crowdfunding site.

George Stacy

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