By Peter Mognahan with Earshot Jazz
Also impressive is the Josh Rawlings Trio’s Climbing Stairs (Broken Time Records), on which the pianist works with bassist Nate Omdal and drummer Adam Kessler. They interpret eight solid originals by the Cornish College graduate. Rawlings is romantic, thoughtful player, and his sidemen are right there throughout. It’s an enjoyable disc. My only reservations is that it always seems odd, and does here, when an album of “originals” plays things so safe, stylistically. If Rawlings progresses, in that respect, to the point he has already reached in terms of delicacy and sophistication in composition, he’ll be a force to reckon with.