Arbors, 2001, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Swing
O’s Notes: Pianist Derek Smith takes you on a swinging romp through 15 jazz classics. His playing is highly energetic, much more so than many of his protégés. At 70 years old, Smith is still in his prime! There is excellent use of pace and dynamics to impart emotion. In doing so, Derek engages the listener in the music. Add bassist Nick Parrott and Joe Ascione on drums to complete a super swinging CD.