Release Date: Apr 12, 2019
Record label: Zappo Productions
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock
The Noisemakers, Bruce Hornsby's regular backing band since 2002, aren't credited on 2019's Absolute Zero, which should be an indication that the album is a bit of a departure from the other records he's made during the 21st century. While the Noisemakers haven't avoided adventure, Absolute Zero feels as if it was made without any regard to boundaries, either in terms of style or approach. Such fearlessness is evident from the outset, when the record kicks off with a dexterous rhythm suitable for a vintage post-bop session, but it's too reductive to call Absolute Zero an odyssey into straight jazz.
Sometime in the last decade, Bruce Hornsby nearly became hip. Give the credit (or blame) to Justin Vernon: After the man behind Bon Iver cited Hornsby as a formative influence, the pianist wound up playing the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in 2016, mingling with The National, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis, and Will Oldham. Today, you can hear Hornsby's influence in the work of wildly popular rock bands like The War on Drugs.