Jon Mayer: Rip Van Winkle
Rip Van Winkle
Jon Mayer (piano)
So Many Stars (Reservoir RSR CD 191)
Recorded: New York, March 5, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Mayer is an assured bop-based pianist who recorded with both John Coltrane and Jackie McLean in the '50s, played with Kenny Dorham and Chet Baker among others, and also kept busy with studio work and as a songwriter. Then he retreated from the scene for 13 years. Since his return, Mayer has recorded this memorable original twice, perhaps as a droll answer to the inevitable question, "Where you been?" Rufus Reid excels both in support and in his solo. This is piano trio jazz at its fresh and stimulating best. Hear Mayer just once and you will be hooked.
Reviewer: Scott Albin