Boons, loons & doons: three words I can use to describe what TRP (The Reese Project) do on their new album, Evening In Vermont (Rhombus), but you probably want me to be a bit more obvious in my views.
The Reese Project are a family affair with Tom Reese on flute, pennywhistle, and alto flute, Laurie Haines Reese on cello (both acoustic and electric), Kirk Reese, on piano, and Dave Young anchoring the ship as drummer. These performances are the kind you’d walk into a jazz club hearing, you sit down expecting to leave, you ask for a drink, and you realize you stayed there for two sets. Kirk’s piano work in “Blues For Ruthie” shows that while he knows about proper structure, he is someone who likes to color outside of the lines. Tom Reese’s flute work wraps up everything together and while it is sure to bring up some of your favorite jazz flautists, it’s always great to hear the instrument in this setting. Their rendition of Raashan Roland Kirk‘s “Serenade To A Cuckoo” will definitely move you to bust out the original, but not without listening and enjoying this new take a number of times. A fine album from start to finish.