Michael Orenstein: Aperture (Origin Records, 2022)

July 30, 2022 at 10:35 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Michael Orenstein: Aperture

Pianist Michael Orenstein named his new album Aperture for the way he filters and processes his influences through his own lens. He covers John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock and pays tribute to Manuel Valera, and also points to Billy Childs as a major inspiration. There’s plenty to enjoy on here, particularly “Not Today”, which is busy and vibrant. “Slow Coffee” is also pretty exciting, with lots of complex drumming yet a relaxed sense of confidence which makes it go down easily. The “Giant Steps” cover and Herbie medley are lovely. Not a whole lot to say beyond that, just a solid jazz album.

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