I don't pretend to know what's the best jazz CD of the year. But I'll tell you my favorite: Shay Estes and Trio ALL's Despite Your Destination. It's a terrific snapshot of the music and musical interplay singer Shay Estes, pianist Mark Lowrey, bassist Ben Leifer and drummer Zack Albetta deliver live.
The group played the late show at Jardine's on Saturday, December 12th, minus Mark Lowrey, who was out at another gig. Sitting in was T.J. Martley, a pianist I had not heard before but who I'm really looking forward to hearing again.
Here's a little of what we saw (clicking on a photo opens a larger version...I think).
Left to right: T.J. Martley on piano, Ben Leifer on bass, Shay Estes singing, Zack Albetta on drums
Ben in the background while Shay sings
T.J. and Shay
Ben, Shay and Zack
Drummer Zack Albetta
Enjoying the piano solo
And this is what they're enjoying
Shay sings some more