On his debut album for Khaeon, jazz violinist Christian Howes teams with bassist Pablo Martin and pianist Federico Lechner to track a quiet, rather lyrical set of tunes.

On his debut album for Khaeon, jazz violinist Christian Howes teams with bassist Pablo Martin and pianist Federico Lechner to track a quiet, rather lyrical set of tunes. Howes has been referred to as the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin," but that's not what's happening here. Rather, Howes interprets material by Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and Thad Jones, including "Blue Monk" and "Very Early," and delivers a speculative, understated performance. It's a lovely, thoughtful album, and Howes is supported very stylishly by his musical partners, both of whom play with great feel and sentiment. These tracks will certainly give jazz fans and critics pause to reconsider Howes' grasp of the masters and the depth of his emotional comprehension of the jazz idiom. Racked by City Hall Records.—PVV