CD Review: Mark Egan "About Now"

Following several years of gigs (and a CD) in the guitar trio format, fretless master Mark Egan turns to a piano trio lineup (featuring Mitchel Forman and drummer Danny Gottlieb) with exceptional results.
By Chris Jisi ,

Following several years of gigs (and a CD) in the guitar trio format, fretless master Mark Egan turns to a piano trio lineup (featuring Mitchel Forman and drummer Danny Gottlieb) with exceptional results. Right from the opener, the “Maiden Voyage”-reminiscent “Sailing,” the blend of Egan’s bass and Forman’s piano is a match made in musical and exotic-wood heaven. The title track, with its Americana-style open harmonies, is another sonorous sweet spot for the pair. Forman moves to Rhodes for the simmering funk of “Slinky” and “McKenzie Portage,” collectively boasting Egan’s best solo turns. Elsewhere, “Cabarete” alternates nicely between hummable theme and angular Latin, island riff, which Forman expounds upon for his fiery closing solo.