Not My Lover Chris Cody Wave
Australian pianist-composer Chris Cody spent 25 years based in Paris, recording nine albums and playing extensively throughout Europe, often with outstanding international musicians. In that time he composed music for films and television and garnered many awards and accolades.
Cody returned to settle in Sydney last year and this quartet recording is his first release since then.
Although a confirmed jazz performer, Cody long has had an association with classical music, playing solo and chamber music: he was a finalist in the Roger Woodward Piano Scholarships at 14, and studied with composer Peter Sculthorpe and at London’s Trinity College.
It’s not difficult to trace classical influences in the new collection of 10 tracks, of which eight are originals. For an avowed Francophile, Cole Porter’s I Love Paris is probably a necessity, and Cody works over the overworked standard with flair and sensitivity in a trio context, with adept drum work from James Waples and Brendan Clarke on bass.
The title track is a moody ballad with Karl Laskowski on tenor — he’s on seven numbers — beginning in a slow tempo and cranking up to a medium groove. Laskowski leans right into the piece with fast runs and strong staccato notes as Cody supplies the foundation, before breaking into a flowing solo.
Scatter is a post-bop theme where bluesy overtones are explored by tenor and piano and abetted by Waples’s astute kit work.
This is an album of talented performers playing varied compositions, adding an unusual jazz piano style that incorporates interesting classical ideas and flourishes.