Konkova takes aim at a number of jazz standards and reinvents them and makes them her own. She makes them sound of a piece with her own compositions. And this is what I like about jazz: fresh interpretations of old music so that it sounds more modern, with plenty of improvisation to go around. (As one critic noted, Konkova doesn’t introduce the melody and then improvise – she starts improvising on these standards from the get go.)
This isn’t life changing stuff – you can play spot the influences a little bit and it is just piano jazz – but it is most of what I like about (piano) jazz in one solid, solid package.