Picks and Pans Review: Trio

updated 10/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Judy Carmichael

Uptempo, upbeat and a pleasure from beginning to end, this exhilarating, blues-stomping cabaret jazz album is anchored by Carmichael's playful piano playing.

But she shares solo time—and generously—with Michael Hashim's liquid, loose saxophone and guitarist Chris Flory, whose unpredictable improvisations bear an astonishing resemblance to those of '30s-'40s star Charlie Christian.

The three seem to be exchanging thoughts, not just playing in the same place at the same time, and they seem to be agreeing. "Honeysuckle Rose" is typical, with Carmichael slapping out a broad melody line that seems a clear homage to Fats Waller. But "Jive at Five" and "I Ain't Got Nobody" are happy occasions too, and Carmichael is consistently inventive. It's possible to keep a grin on for all 53 minutes of this album without causing any strain at all to the face muscles. (C&D Productions, 21 E. 4th St., New York, N.Y. 10003)

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