On the Horizon
Promise of Spring
Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander’s first Mack Avenue title is also his first to contain all originals, an artistic shift he began with his 2020 Verve release Warna. The precocity he displayed with the music of Monk, Coltrane, and others on earlier releases is still there, as is the unforced, crackling rapport with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Kendrick Scott. Guest appearances by guitarist Gilad Hekselman and saxophonist Chris Potter (playing soprano on “On the Horizon,” tenor on “Winter Blues” and “Rise Up”) add texture and top-tier improvisational firepower. The trio cuts are elegant, a bit on the moody and introspective side, with a season cycle sub-theme interspersed (“Winter Blues” and “Summer Rising” find Alexander on tasty Fender Rhodes, another new element in his evolving sound).