CD Review:
by George Fendel

It’s About Time, Jacob Melchior, drums.

Born in 1970 in Denmark, Melchoir honed his jazz chops in Brazil but has been an active part of the churning New York jazz roller coaster for some years now. His trio mates here include two other busy denizens of The Apple, Tadataka Unno, piano, and Hassan JJ Shakur, bass, the son of piano marvel Gerry Wiggins. On this “on the spot” recording, as Melchior refers to it. the trio breezes through a set of standards and a few surprises. The album opens with Melchoir conception of “Squatty Roo,” which he calls “Dancing Foo,” eventually moving directly into the Johnny Hodges piece. A little known Jobim composition, “Brigas Nunca Mais,” follows; after which singer Frank Senior tries his luck on the standard “For All We Know.” Other highlights here include a rather lilting “You Don’t Know What Love Is”; a well-titled original called “Summer Fair”; a delicate ballad treatment of “It Might as Well Be Spring”; and a swinging set closer on “Lover” and “Gerry’s Wig,” a tip of the hat to Wiggins. Special kudos to pianist Unno, who plays some exhilarating piano, very much within the tradition. As for Melchoir, he’s in “accompanist mode.” No showy stuff here. He finds other, more sophisticated ways to impress the listener.