Ehud Asherie’s “Shuffle Along”
The Israeli-born, New York-based pianist Ehud Asherie is a mainstay of the mainstream modern jazz scene, a collaborator with some of the most respected musicians alive. His new solo recording, “Shuffle Along,” however, looks back — to 1921, when Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s all-Black Broadway musical premiered. Improvising on the show’s chewy melodies — think Fats Waller meets Art Tatum — Asherie demonstrates complete mastery of the difficult art of stride piano while swinging like crazy. And it all sounds effortless. This is delicious, delightful music that seems simultaneously ancient and current. It grooves. It pulses. And, yes, it shuffles along, beautifully.