Fans of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will recognise Jon Batiste, the young bandleader whose hearty chortle can often be heard in response to the host's jokes.
The Juilliard-trained musician gets to show off multiple aspects of his talent - playing and singing - in this debut solo album. And what a showcase it is.
Named for a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, the album is Batiste's stated tribute to the legendary musicians who have paved the way for him. So the programme, comprising both standards and originals, is a whistle-stop tour of not just jazz, but also dashes of classical and pop.
It opens with a foot-stomping number Kenner Boogie, named for his home town in Louisiana, where the jumping rhythms of boogie-woogie are laid sturdily on a stride piano foundation.
Batiste then takes on Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World, a sentimental deathtrap which he revitalises in an astonishing fashion by using his piano as a metronome time-keeper, burnished with the occasional soft chord and startling interjections in a pentatonic scale that lend the song a sudden cosmopolitan flavour.
His third track detours abruptly, but beautifully, into classical territory. Chopinesque is a marvellous technical showpiece that opens with crystalline, atonal single notes that soon cascade into Chopin-style trills and bluesy bars.
These three openers are worth the price of admission, but Batiste also offers a playful tango-timed original Nocturne No. 1 In D Minor and an introspective take, complete with violins, on Green Hill Zone (from the Sonic The Hedgehog computer game for those without a misspent youth).
An impressive melange of musical style worth repeat listens.
Ong Sor Fern