Alan Broadbent is one of New Zealand’s favorite musical sons and perhaps the most well-known and multi-talented of them all.
On his new album Like Minds, Broadbent takes a seat on the piano bench for his third Savant recording with his trio featuring the great bassist Harvie S and the prominent drumming of Billy Mintz.
Together these men play with notable clarity and poise, and their performances – even those of familiar standards – are wonderfully tuneful, sometimes whimsical and often moving, with the overall effect always coming across as coolly engaging and totally spontaneous.
“I’m averse to playing what I jokingly call ‘big band trio arrangements,’ where everybody plays the rhythmic hits,” Broadbent says. “I’ll get a big band if I want to do that. For me, for the trio, I want it to change every time.”
Spontaneous and off-the-cuff the album’s nine tracks may be, but the closer you listen, these three superb musicians are of like minds indeed.