Keeping Time

Several young musicians who stand out for their fresh take on the past are proving that the tradition of swinging, jazz standards is alive and well.

The ambience of greats like Joe Henderson and Oscar Peterson is palpable in the performances of Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Joel Ross and the versatile James Brandon Lewis. The interesting thing is that these musicians also actively follow each other and freely mix with other scenes, which makes for open-minded vitality.