I have been listening to Albert Rivera’s new CD – Hope and Faith. I first leaned about Albert and his music through my blog, writing about the Litchfield Jazz Festival. Albert is the Assistant Musical Director there and he contacted me after I did a post on the event. He was kind enough to send me this new CD with no obligation to review it but since I think is a very nice set, I want to mention this work.
Albert plays Tenor Sax with Warren Fields on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, and Adam Christgau on drums. In addition to a number of long sax riffs by Albert, there is some fine piano work, and the bass and drums lay a good foundation. For example, Albert and Warren trade off nicely on “Until the Big Easy Speaks Again” and then blend together well toward the end. All of the pieces have a nice flow like some of Coltrane. Albert wrote and arranged most of them. I recommend this work. Here is a chance to get an early CD by someone who might gain greater recognition.