The prizewinning Wynton Marsalis discovery’s first studio album is as sharp, opulent and stylish as the title might suggest. The 26 year-old American pianist’s fluency is remarkable and his light-but-sensuous touch oozes class without breaking boundaries.

The set balances showcase originals which hint at contemporary issues with classy covers of tried-and-tested classics by Ravel, Ellington and Gershwin. Bass and drums are a close and well-knit fit and the addition of vibes-player Warren Wolf confirms the influence of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Aaron Diehl

The Bespoke Man’s Narrative

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