Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Bruce Lindsay
The transatlantic band that created Hush - British pianist Nikki Iles, and American bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Jeff Williams - had never played together as a trio before their single rehearsal session on the night prior to recording at Dave Bennett's New Jersey studio in September 2010. That the album sounds like the product of years of collaboration is a testament to the trio's skills, and to these three musicians' mutual understanding, for Hush is a beautiful and affecting record.
The overall mood is, unsurprisingly, hushed. This is a quiet, reflective, subtle collection where nuance triumphs over any desire to overplay or to rush into demonstrations of technical expertise. It's an object lesson in the power of control: each of the musicians is eminently capable of opening up and making bold musical statements but chooses not to, focusing instead on interplay that emphasizes this hushed atmosphere while also enhancing the contributions of the other two players. ... read more...
Personnel: Nikki Iles (piano); Rufus Reid (double bass); Jeff Williams (drums).
Recording information: Dae Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (09/09/2010-09/10/2010).
Photographer: Drew Gardner.