reviewed by R. Doull
One of New York’s leading young (mid -40s) piano players who is both modern and swinging. The code word for this style is modernist, jazz that is new but not avant-garde. Haidu was a student and protégé of veteran pianist David Hazeltine who is also the subject of a new Cellar Live release with Cory Weeds. We’ll try to review that one next time. This is Haidu’s third release as a leader.
The title of this CD, which is also its epigraph, is taken from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. In this quote Rilke was actually talking about marriage, and reflecting on this Haidu has written a six-part suite — Infinite Distances — reflecting “on relationships, loss and self-realization.” The additional five tracks are all also written by Haidu. His septet has an amazing front line of Jeremy Pelt on trumpet and flugelhorn, Sharel Cassity on alto saxophone and Jon Ibragon on soprano and tenor saxophones. All bandleaders and recording artists in their own right.