Rudd, Victor, Harris, Filiano

For his follow-up to 2016’s purely improvised studio recording Strength & Power (a cooperative quartet album featuring pianist Jamie Saft, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi), the ever-adventurous trombonist-composer Roswell Rudd made a decided shift in direction on his first RareNoise release as a leader by embracing jazz standards he has loved and played throughout his long and illustrious career.

Accompanied by the brilliant pianist Lafayette Harris, upright bass virtuoso Ken Filiano and soulful vocal sensation Fay Victor, the 81-year-old jazz master delivers with rare potency and poignancy on the aptly-titled Embrace.

This intimate, drum-less quartet session is brimming with conversational playing between all the participants, with Rudd and Victor partaking in some particularly interactive exchanges on jazz classics like Billy Strayhorn’s Something to Live For, Charles Mingus’ Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Thelonious Monk’s beautiful ballad  Pannonica,” the standard  Can’t We Be Friends and the traditional House of the Rising Sun.