Michael Gallant has never met a keyboard he doesn’t like. As a music journalist [and regular contributor to M], he’s profiled everyone from Dave Brubeck to Justin Timberlake—and as a pianist, he’s performed with Dixieland ensembles and composed scores for films, theater productions and even iPad graphic novels. Here, leading a jazz-rock trio, he deftly and tastefully swings between genres, playing bright, fluid runs on “Greens,” then hammering out aggressive riffs and building to an almost Doors- or Zombies-esque electric-organ workout on “Go.” Then he’s off on ballads and tangos, sidestepping expectations with non-showy ease. When he wraps things up after 55 minutes, it’s probably because he’s got someplace else to be.


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