UNDERRATED: David Ake's "Bridges"

A student of Cal Arts in the '80s, pianist David Ake released as thoughtful a jazz album as you're likely to hear this summer. Backed by heavy hitting musicians (and former classmates) in saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bassist Scott Colley and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, Ake is as adept with swirling avant-garde structures as he is with off-center swing. Start with the raucous "Story Table" or the more contemplative "Boats (Exit)."
Theresa Danna-Douglas
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