Flowing modern jazz with roots deep in the genre but the capabilities and technique to stretch beyond with with style. This live performance is captivating and it's a shame the trio only has two releases to its name as there's so much promise.
Favorite track: Three Lies.
Drummer Jason Smith leads Gary Husband (on piano and Fender Rhodes -- but more widely known for his work as the world-class drummer with Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, and many others) and Dave Carpenter (the late acoustic bassist and L.A. session legend) through a set of unconventional standards, executed with a deft blend of audacity and authenticity.From the moment the music commences, the conventions of the "classic piano trio" are shelved in favor of bold, expressionistic strokes. The musicians unravel meter and melody into a whimsical triple helix of bending, arcing, swooping lines -- converging at unexpected junctures that demand both a mastery of technique and a joyous sense of adventure.This is risk-taking, no-holds-barred jazz at its' most adventurous."... it's about honesty, open-mindedness, strong material and broad-scoped playing that stands on its own without resorting to devices that ultimately time-stamp a group." -John Kelman, All About Jazz
released December 15, 2012
JASON SMITH: drums
GARY HUSBAND: acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano
DAVE CARPENTER: acoustic bass
Recorded live at The Jazz Bakery, L.A., CA, on May 15, 2006. Recorded by Sandy Solomon.
Mixed & Mastered by Sandy Solomon at KSM Studios, L.A., between October & November 2006.
Produced by Kenneth Kubernik.
Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic
Another gem from Indonesia - er, well, from London, mostly ;-)
Indonesian keyboard master (here just on piano) is joined by some fellow countrymen and kind of MoonJune's usual suspects.
Stylistically a wide ride, from gamelan over Canterbury to klezmer-like things. Too quote MoonJune Records: It must be Jazz ;-) Carsten Pieper
If you're familiar with Asaf Sirkis, I don't need to say anything about the talent being show-cased on this record. You get three hours of incredible music to listen to, every minute an exciting experience. Excellent musicianship throughout, along with superb production. Peter Jones