The pianist recorded his new live disc at the club last year, and as usual the oomph he gets from his extraordinary rhythm section highlights the polite (and cagey) touch he’s become known for. The process reveals that gentility has its own kind of thrust, and as Simon thinks his way through these swinging pieces, he’s responsible for lots of the band’s unmistakable momentum. Icing on the cake? Watching drummer Brian Blade in action is one of life’s... More >>>