Album Review of
High Wire

Written by Robert Silverstein
February 26, 2021 - 2:32pm EST
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One of the best 'feel-good' jazz albums of the year, High Wire is a great introduction to keyboardist and composer Chris Nordman. Based in Florida and Michigan, Chris is featured on the 12-track, all-instrumental sound of High Wire featuring his band Chris Nordman Trio. When I say feel good music, I mean it as this CD is primarily a jazzy sounding covers album, and what better way than to feature songs everyone knows and loves including 1960s era classics such as “Watermelon Man”, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “Sunny”, along with covers of well-known songs like “Summertime”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and more. Getting off to a jumping start with the Chris Nordman Trio cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”, the entire album makes for a fun-filled trip. Chris gets excellent back-up from his bandmates Ward Dumigan (bass) and Joe Adcock (drums). Chris excels on all manners of keyboards including piano, electric piano and his signature Hammond organ sound. Mixed and mastered by John LaRosa, the album is well presented and sounds clear as a bell. Chris Nordman will blow away your blues on the good-time instrumental jazz sound of High Wire.