John Hicks Trio | Sunshower

As Jim Merod writes in his liner notes, the essential voice of this album is “romance.” Hicks’ treatment and rendering of ballads are beautiful and elegant. He also shows his appreciation for pianists he admires: Bill Evans (“My Foolish Heart”), Sonny Clark (“Melody in C”), Kenny Barron (“Sunshower”) and Billy Strayhorn (“Strayhorn Medley”).

Joe Diorio Trio | Live

You will be impressed with how the three respond to each other, develop musical ideas and build up their solos to boiling points. They took their time exploring each tune: They are more than 10 minutes long. This is music that deserves serious attention. You should make sure that you won’t be disturbed for the next hour, sit back, close your eyes and really listen. From beginning to end. The reward will be huge.