Hoch, Reuben

Naim, 2006CD
Instrument: Drums

Issue: 12.2

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 3
Performance Chart

Sound: 5
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Drummer Reuben Hoch leads this trio with Don Friedman (p) and Ed Schuller (b). They have a good sense of swing and dynamics that carries across each of the songs. The program is a straight-ahead interpretation of some contemporary jazz pieces along with a couple of originals. Mehldau’s “Unrequited”, Shorter’s “Yes and No” and Metheny’s “Question and Answer” are among the best. Listening to Ed singing along with his solos and Don establishing rhythmic melodies, it is easy to engage. But the underlying glue comes from the timekeeper, leader and inspiration for the band, Mr. Hoch. And the sound is exquisite!


Publicist: Braithwaite & Katz