Calima Shatiday pulls a page out of the Ty Showers’ playbook on this one, setting up a steady, move-and-groove beat at about 106 per minute—a favorite Ty tempo—and taking it out for a good long walk before bringing in the brass over the top. “Ceretta’s House” is the title track of Shatiday’s 2010 release, but it would be at home on just about any album with an eponymous Showers in the title.

Maybe sharing a label with Taliferro’s long-time maestro of electronic jazz and funk has rubbed off a little—a welcome influence for any musician working in these genres. The drum programming here is nicely naturalistic, and there’s a decisive, authoritative snap from first measure to last that suggests a mature confidence.

The synth-trumpet that takes a sustained solo through three minutes of the 3:50 running time has a big, roomy quality. It sounds like it’s literally bouncing off the walls, echoing in a way that reminds me just slightly of an old Paul Horn album recorded inside the Taj Mahal. That music was nothing like this, but the spacious, reflective feel comes from somewhere on the same block.

I doubt Ceretta lives near the Taj Mahal. Wherever she lives, and whoever she is (I assume it’s a she), sounds as if she’s got a great place to hang. Imagine the steam and smell of hot food coming out of the kitchen, a dining room table where people are talking and laughing, and of course, good music on the stereo. “I want to go there,” as the kids say.

Take a walk to “Ceretta’s House” in your mind. Pack a bag. You’ll want to stay awhile.

Jim Howard

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