On 2011’s Kaeshammer (Alert Music/Universal), Michael Kaeshammer doesn’t simply wow you with his chops; he invites you in and talks to you. Yes, he’s a gifted singer and songwriter, a highly trained technician and interpreter and an incendiary piano player. But also, on stage and off, he’s a consummate host. Kaeshammer plays like a love letter to life – A set of original songs as playful as they are contagious. A feast for your ears that blends ingredients from his vast store of jazz, soul, pop and R&B influences. A singular brand of pop-tinged jazz that owes as much to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney as to Professor Longhair and Albert Ammons on hook-laden love songs. On stage and on record it’s all about drawing the audience in. That’s where the joy is, pure and simple. And while joy is something Michael Kaeshammer has never had difficulty expressing, on Kaeshammer, his third record on Alert Music, the German born, Canadian bred pianist expresses it more enthusiastically than ever.