New York-based jazz pianist Ehud Asherie trusts tradition and straightforward fundamentals. On his debut album, Lock Out, Asherie, bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Phil Stewart, plus stalwart guests, nimbly move through keenly postulated post-bop conventions.

Asherie wisely never embellishes the material – which is split between standards and originals – with gratuitous contemporary touches. One highlight is the briskly paced Dizzy Gillespie classic “Shaw ’Nuff,” where Asherie trades solos with ace tenor saxist Grant Stewart and fleet-fingered trumpeter Ryan Kisor. Asherie also distinguishes himself on Irving Berlin’s contemplative, heartfelt “Isn’t This a Lovely Day?” evoking Marian McPartland’s sophisticated earthiness.

Asherie’s originals are similarly resourceful and engaging, particularly the boppish title track, which elicits Erroll Garner’s adventurous spirit and the masterful, mid-tempo “The Special.” Throughout, Asherie displays an easy confidence that foreshadows praiseworthy accomplishments for future projects.

Grade: A

Lock Out is currently available.