This elegant, small-ensemble jazz album is Panamanian keyboardist Danilo Perez's first CD as leader in three years.

This elegant, small-ensemble jazz album is Panamanian keyboardist Danilo Perez's first CD as leader in three years. He has chosen to go with a pair of trios—John Patitucci (bass) and Brian Blade (drums), and Ben Street (bass) and Adam Cruz (drums). Guest vocalist Lizz Wright offers a lovely performance on the title track, which she wrote the lyrics for, and which is a Perez original dedicated to flutist/composer Mauricio Smith. Perez's gift for interpreting the work of others is very much on display throughout ". . . Till Then." His take on Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz," with Blade, Patitucci and guest Donny McCaslin on soprano sax, is delightful. Perez's piano provides a sparse and pointed commentary that Blade and Patitucci underwrite with a subtle, insistent momentum. McCaslin's soprano sax, pushed down in the mix, is a fanciful rejoinder to Perez's piano.—PVV

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