Jazz Re Freshed - The Sure Co 5iveJazz Re Freshed
Not only can Richard Spaven keep the time, he can also compose infectious Jazz rhythms with grooves steeped in hip-hop and move people from both genres in the process. Spaven has been a sought after drummer for years now and came up with the idea for this trio project while on tour. “The Sure Co.”, the latest release from the Jazz Refreshed imprint will leave you wishing this was an album. Instead it’s just a five track ep, albeit a superb one. The synergy created by the trio is evident right from the beginning from pianist Grant Windsor’s dazzling melodies on “The Sure Chimes”. Guest vocalist Nailah Porter earthy tones adds another layer on the shivering “Loose Shots”. Bassist Neville Malcolm lays down scorching grooves throughout the session and shines especially on “Persephone”. This is gorgeous work from Spaven and after serving us a few appetizers it’s time to deliver us a full length lp to showcase his artistry.
Reg Dancy, 02/13