CD Review: Bob James/Nathan East "The New Cool"

The second movement of Nathan East’s long-awaited career as a solo artist is this potent package, which looks and reads like a duo disc in the tradition of Bill Evans/Eddie Gomez or Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, but is quite a bit more.
By Chris Jisi ,

The second movement of Nathan East’s long-awaited career as a solo artist is this potent package, which looks and reads like a duo disc in the tradition of Bill Evans/Eddie Gomez or Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, but is quite a bit more. The opening title track and “Oliver’s Bag” indeed find James on piano and East on his penetrating Yamaha Silent Bass making a swinging connection (as they did on “Moodswing,” from Nate’s 2014 solo debut). “All Will Be Revealed” is the first dizzying departure, with the Nashville Recording Orchestra supporting East’s Metheny-esque wordless vocal melody and sing-and-play electric bass solo. The orchestra remains for a Vince Gill-led reimagination of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” the sweeping ballad “Waltz for Judy,” the percussion-propelled “Canto y la Danza,” and the all-electric bass “Turbulence”—the last three summoning James’ ’70s CTI landscapes. Gravitating back to tasteful two-play, “Midnight Magic,” “Seattle Sunrise,” and “Ghost of a Chance” best showcase the interactive, intuitive sides of the pair, free to start conversations and finish each other’s sentences.