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Jazz Journal: LA Stories review by Nigel Jarrett

“Pianist and composer Josh Nelson is a survivor of a Los Angeles jazz scene decimated by Covid lockdown and a sluggish local economy. Also spared is the city’s Sam First jazz club, which has recorded Nelson and others on its own label to suggest a way out of the gloom.

LA Stories recalls The Sky Remains, Nelson’s 2017 album, which was part of his multi-media Discovery Project focusing on LA history. The new album continues the assembling of historical snapshots, in which Nelson proves himself to be a composer and bandleader of instinctive flexibility not least in adapting an always animated and sometimes florid piano style to extra-musical tributes.”

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