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Moment to Moment

by Cava Menzies & Nick Phillips

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“Nick Phillips’ name is on hundreds of major recordings, but not as a player. He’s produced a slew of artists, and crucial jazz reissues, for such labels as Concord, but his track record at this job should not overshadow his pristine, and moving, trumpet sound…Phillips nods to his predecessor’s (Chet Baker's) fragility but also imparts a feeling of strength that comes through a sense of restraint. ★★★★ ”
—DownBeat ("Best Jazz Albums of 2014" list)

 

"...This gem feels timeless. It's a stunner...This quartet (with Menzies and Phillips handling the arrangements and production) has crafted a sonic atmosphere that seduces the listener into a state of transfixed bliss. It’s one thing to create a mood; it’s quite another to sustain that mood for an entire album."
—DownBeat Magazine (Editors’ Pick)
“The Ballads Album Miles Davis Never Recorded…Lush, emotional performances. Phillips' trumpet radiates warmth and sweetness as it floats over Menzies' delicate piano chords.
—East Bay Express
“A fabulous CD, the kind that find their way onto the ‘Best of Year’ lists…a gorgeously retro-classic sound…It has what the best albums have—a sustained mood, beautiful sound quality, well-chosen material, and great musicians who have clicked as a group and slipped into a cohesive ensemble groove.”
Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
“This is a duo that takes its sweet time, and the vibe as Phillips floats mournfully over Menzies’ generally livelier licks is that of two lovers sharing a dance at closing time…Straight down to the bass and drums, the interaction of instruments is easy yet dramatic, and the romantic nuance promises to reveal itself over time. The stories, after all, are in the empty spaces.”
—M Music & Musicians
“Spare, lyrical, beautiful and elegant…Menzies and Phillips know how to capture a mood…Throughout this CD, they let the music breathe...The Menzies-Phillips simpatico is so fine that it wouldn’t be surprising to hear any of these eight tracks – perhaps all of them – resurface on various movie soundtracks. Moment To Moment is that good.”
—Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes
"…entrancing…The music is quiet but never light; it’s filled with emotion and with harmonic interest, but its overall impact is soothing and comforting at a deeply visceral level. It’s hard to explain how exceptionally beautiful this album is. Strongly recommended to all jazz collections."
—CD HotList
“The songs are familiar but the fresh arrangements, relaxed pace and soft touch imparted by the leaders makes this a standout recording.”
—O's Place Magazine
“…a beautiful album…covers a broad range of emotions and colors across the breadth of the repertoire, owing much to Chet Baker and, not surprisingly, the cooler side of Miles Davis.”
—About.com
“This is a late night jazz club, a hush over the crowd, one ballad after the other, and each song breaking somebody’s heart…just the kind of music for kicking back and drifting off…”
—Emusic
“Every year about this time, people begin to ask me for musical suggestions for Valentine’s Day. What’s the best music for a romantic dinner? What’s the best CD to surprise someone with as a gift?...Well, this year the answer is simple – pick up Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips‘ new CD Moment to Moment.”
—Straight No Chaser
"Moment to Moment comes close to the supernatural nature of music...Heavy with the bronzed glow of [Nick Phillips'] horn and the dense beauty of [Cava] Menzies’ sinewy harmonics informed by a palette of spectacular colours, the music gathers like a great bank of gorgeously fluffy and rippling cumulonimbus clouds sheltering in an endless sky."
—Jazz da Gama
“The musical creativity that resonates the collaborative union between these two artists can be heard with the ears, and also felt deeply within the soul.”
—iRock Jazz
" …Phillips and Menzies let the music breathe, contrasting every sound they make with silence, showing that they are both masters of restraint."
—Jazz Inside Magazine