Jason Crosby – Gilder (2023)
After decades on the road as one of rock’s most in-demand sidemen, touring with the likes of Jackson Browne, John McLaughlin, The Blind Boys of Alabama and others, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby began a relationship with Nashville’s Blue Rose label as a solo artist, releasing Cryptologic in 2017. For his follow up, Crosby wanted to pay tribute to all of the artists who’d hired him over the years — artists who’d been a part of his life experience. The result is Gilder, an album of piano instrumentals. “I would first pick an artist friend that I’d played with, think about all of their songs and find one that was suited for solo piano. It’s my way of celebrating everyone that I’ve played with and admire.” Recorded both at Dave Schools’ Sebastopol studio, Spacecamp, and Grammy-winning producer Dave Way’s Waystation in Los Angeles, Gilder’s 11 solo piano tracks find Crosby covering artists he’s worked with ranging from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Father John Misty, and from James Taylor to Jenny Lewis. The songs shine as a cohesive collection, with Crosby’s understated, refined keyboard work bringing a new dimension and mood to these artists’ songs.