Jody Nardone Trio

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

The adjectives “pop” and “outside” don’t often apply to the same musician, particularly in the world of jazz. But that’s what makes the Jody Nardone Trio’s debut album Lights Will Guide You Home such a treat. Nardone’s moody take on Coldplay’s “Fix You,” the album’s opening track, features some terrific jazz piano work by Nardone, but remains loyal to the song’s pop roots. But the trio’s version of Nirvana’s “Lithium” gets into some heavy and complex harmonies and changes, reminiscent of some of Brad Mehldau’s reinterpretations of the popular canon. One of my favorite tracks is the original “Flame,” which suggests to my ears that Nardone has listened to a lot of Radiohead in his time. “Flame” makes a superb case for the ability of accessibility and adventure to peacefully coexist in the same tune. He appropriately keeps it on the poppy side for Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” and turns in a terrific vocal performance, at times vaguely recalling Stevie Wonder. His rhythm section — bassist Jerry Navarro and drummer Derek Phillips — are stellar throughout. Lights Will Guide You Home may be the trio’s debut album, but they’ve been doing weekly gigs at F. Scott’s for 10 years, and they’re filming these album release shows for an upcoming live DVD. There are only 50 seats available for each performance; visit for ticket information.

—Jack Silverman

Sun, Nov 17 | 2:30 PM
F.Scott's Jazz Bar
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Jody Nardone Trio

Nashville TN  |  Jazz

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