This is not ‘gospel jazz’ but more like jazz lieder, with the compositions and arrangements matched to the words or connotation of the Psalm. The sound is rich in melody and harmony with ornamental timbres of instrumental solos. Sometimes the rhythmic phrasing catches the ear, other times, the beauty captures the heart. It has ECM-like mellow and attractive tonal quality and allows concentration on the music and piece discernment.
Better Than Gold And Silver
The words are sung over calm, occasionally reminiscent of the special sound of ECM, modern jazzy, in the slow pace compositions, the piano gives the melodies, the very well selected band (Joey Baron, Ralph Alessi, Ben Monder …) underlies discreet rhythm and improvised prudently.