Josef Woodard
August 18, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

On the Milky Way Express

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rachel Z
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B

Retreating from the calculated vapidity of her ”smooth jazz” work, keyboardist Rachel Z shows her formidable stuff in the real-jazz mode of On the Milky Way Express, on music by her former employer, the great Wayne Shorter. In an acoustic trio format, Z and her female cohorts pay due — if sometimes tentative — respect to Shorter’s compositional genius, in all its angular beauty and assuring urbanity. He is the implied hero here. B

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