Brandi Disterheft Gratitude

Brandi Disterheft Gratitude
The third album from fast-rising, Juno-winning Canadian bassist/composer/bandleader Disterheft follows a somewhat straighter path than 2009's Second Side, but it reaffirms her talent and sense of adventure. Disterheft has improved as a vocalist, as shown on the title track and her convincing breathy French on "Le Regarder La Rencontrer Encore." Six originals sit alongside fresh takes of standards "The Man I Love" and "But Beautiful," the politically charged, but still relevant "Compared To What?" and Renee Rosnes composition "Mizmahta." Rosnes is part of the superb band, alongside fellow NYC aces Vincent Herring, Sean Jones, Anne Drummond and Gregory Hutchinson. Disterheft's bass playing has a rich and resonant tone, as showcased on the elegantly reflective "Kissing the Cheek of Providence," and her skill as a composer is also displayed. Disterheft has been termed "Canada's Esperanza Spalding," and following her career evolution promises to be equally rewarding. (Justin Time)