Review: Joshua Bayer

Joshua Bayer
“Lines and Grooves”

Fans of Bill Evans and Paul Desmond will appreciate this instrumental, basically acoustic jazz album done in a classic style. The quartet built around journeyman acoustic bassist Joshua Bayer includes Marty Nau on saxophone as well as Bob Sykes on piano and Rhodes organ with Luther Gray holding down the bottom on drums. Other than “Prelude” by George Gershwin, this album is all original material. This is a subtle, exquisite album that never seeks to jar the listener, but instead gently entertains. The point here is melody, not might; mood not majesty. “Lines and Grooves” goes with dim lights and fine wine, romantic moments and quiet times.