Live in Vancouver
Richard Whiteman Trio
Cornerstone CRST CD 131


Pianist Richard Whiteman has been working as a leader and sideman in the greater Toronto area for over twenty years. A polished player whether you prefer bebop or a ballad, Whiteman has recorded six times under his own name, including the aptly titled “Solo Piano” and the critically acclaimed “Grooveyard”. As a leader he works frequently in the tradition of piano, bass & drums, arrangements echoing the glorious trios of Peterson, Evans and Jamal. After recording on the Cornerstone label with such Canadian luminaries as bassists Mike Downes and Neil Swainson and drummers John Sumner and Barry Elmes, his latest trio is completed by Brandi Disterheft on the bass and Sly Juhas on the skins. The pair share an exciting chemistry that reflects countless gigs played since their years at Humber College early in the new millennium. Whiteman gives both Disterheft and Juhas generous time to shine on this fine live recording. The eight tracks represent the best of what was recorded by Cory Weeds at The Cellar over two nights in February, 2008. An 11’39” take on I’m Confessin’ gives each player a nice opportunity to stretch out, the original Blues for Jervis is a cheerful one and The Song is You bops blissfully to close. Whiteman, Disterheft and Juhas are all at the top of their game throughout. Although not a consistently hollering bunch, the audience applauds appreciatively, enhancing the experience for the players and now the listener.

Ori Dagan

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