Back with another “Reflection,” this time looking back to recall “ON THE MILKY WAY EXPRESS” by pianist Rachel Z …

Released in 2000, pianist/composer Rachel Z gave us an album called “ON THE MILKY WAY EXPRESS” dedicated to legendary saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter. In this collection, there are ten familiar compositions to adsorb. With this material, the masterful Ms. Z boldly approaches each tune with her melodic touch and glides effortlessly across the keys with new ideas to breathe new life into these timeless pieces as I vividly recall her time spent in the mid-90s in a different context with the formidable jazz ensemble Steps Ahead.

Rachel Z TRIO’s ON THE MILKY WAY EXPRESS

The ladies of jazz, well, as you know as musicians simply don’t get a lot of respect which is as you can imagine is totally uncalled for. It’s sort of like comparing classic jazz with modern, it’s a waste of time. Rachel’s time in the shed proves that she’s a viable artist, her catalog over the years offers a variety of music that speaks for itself. With ON MILKY WAY, Rachel occupies these tunes with intensity yet her fresh interpretations of these gems as only as an artist of her caliber can. Of course, having quality backup players are always an added plus. To make the magic happen, she called on gifted bassist Miriam Sullivan and the swift drumming by Allison Miller both serve up invigorating and insightful interplay resurrect these gems in a meaningful way that makes this recording well worth a closer look and listen.

Listen too ON THE MILKY WAY EXPRESS by Rachel Z TRIO

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