“Kane’s penmanship…and her piano work is very subtle…a little gem,” as seen by JazzTimes. Rebecca is a multi-hued pianist and composer, ranging from bittersweet ballads to sly Latin toe-tappers. Down Beat loves her “…interesting shifts in mood and tempo…penchant for slowly unfolding melodies…bright, rippling solos.” Rebecca’s all star sextet—including Jack Walrath, Steve Novosel, and Steve Berrios—does her proud. Sonically, a dazzling percussion soundscape envelopes the ringing warmth of her Steinway. The woody resonance of the plucked bass is perfect; the trumpet’s staccato attack is two feet in front of you.
1. Just For Fun (R. Kane) -Listen to Sample
2. Outside Michael's Window (R. Kane)
3. No Habla Ingles Aqui (R. Kane) -Listen to Full Song
4. I'm Old Fashioned (G.Gershwin/ I.Gershwin)
5. A Deeper Well (R. Kane)
6. Summertime ( J.Kern)
7. Rome In A Day (R. Kane)
8. New Life (R. Kane)
9. One Equals One Thousand (R. Kane) -Listen to Full Song
Pianist Rebecca Kane makes her recording debut with A Deeper Well. On her first time out, she displays a light touch on the keyboard and a consistent, if understated, blues feeling.
Much of the CD is given to her original compositions, which feature some interesting shifts in mood and tempo as well as a penchant for slowly unfolding melodies. It's good to hear Jack Walrath on trumpet, and Kane's style-changing Just For Fun puts him through his paces, requiring him to downshift from his soaring, straight ahead solo into a slow blues. On the same track, Kane comps with a ringing, gospel quality behind Charliebird Hampton's blues-inflected alto solo, and contributes her own bright, rippling solo. Bassist Steve Novoselestablishes the solid groove underlying A Deeper Well, and he's particularly strong on Summertime, where he hints at A Night In Tunisia.
There's considerable stylistic diversity in the tunes selected for this CD, including originals ranging from the Latin rhythms of No HablaIngles Aqui to the quirky bounce of the Monk-like Just For Fun. Outside Michael's Window creates a quiet, introspective mood, enhanced by Kane's bluesy piano lines, and One Equals One Thousand phases from its darkly brooding introduction into an exotic, dancing rhythm emphasizing the percussion section of Steve Berrios and Gilad Dobrecki. -Jon Andrews