Dylan van der Schyff, Chris Gestrin, Ben Monder: The Distance
The Distance (Songlines SGL SA1557-2)
Composed by Chris Gestrin.
Recorded: Vancouver, BC, June 29, 2004
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Chris Gestrin plays an attractive Bill-Evans-out-of-Keith-Jarrett piano on "The Distance," complemented nicely by his like-minded confreres, guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. The performance bears a quiet, pastoral quality, thanks to Gestrin's gentle, romantic melodicism, Monder's clean, round tones, and van der Schyff's light, brush-laden touch—to say nothing of the tune itself, with its profoundly consonant harmonies and bossa-ish rhythmic foundation. The music has a solemn, ECM-ish vibe: pretty but not too pretty; challenging but not intimidating. Elsewhere, the musicians prove themselves well capable of creative abstraction; here, however, they indulge their more conventionally lyrical side, with some success.
Reviewer: Chris Kelsey