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On his new Mack Avenue debut album Rebirth, Childs reaches back to the start of his almost astoundingly varied musical experience—leading a small jazz band of state-of-the-art musicians with his piano playing.
At his musical core, Childs is an improvising pianist. He has the ability to equally distill the harmonic and rhythmic languages of classical music and jazz into his playing. The wide-ranging vocabulary on the taut track “Tightrope” begs the question of Childs’ love of classical music; “I’m not just jazz,” he stresses. His insistent pulse and melodically probing introduction to song is a key to the Childs’ musical identity: open to extended harmonic possibilities as they come along, taking a flexible approach to time and leaving an open door for input from his bandmates.
BILLY CHILDS, piano
STEVE WILSON, alto & soprano sax
HANS GLAWISCHNIG, acoustic bass
ERIC HARLAND, drums
CLAUDIA ACUÑA. vocals on track 2
ALICIA OLATUJA, vocals on track 3
IDO MESHULAM, trombone on track 2
ROGERIO BOCATTO, percussion on track 2
New York, December 2-4, 2015
01. Backwards Bop
04. Dance of Shiva
06. The Starry Night
07. The Windmills of Your Mind