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An Internet search for the Fu Kun Wu Lounge in Seattle, Washington's Ballard neighborhood, reveals one patron's assessment of it as "one of the best kept secrets of the Seattle Jazz Scene." Many of the city's dynamic Origin Records stars perform in the converted Chinese herbalist's shop; players like pianists Bill Anschell
and drummer Tadd Britton. Apothecary puts the sounds of that twenty-year musical relationship down for posterity.
The ever-familiar "On Green Dolphin Street" opens the set. The trio's fluid symbiosis gives the tune a drifting feeling and a spare freshness, Alberts displays a less-is-more approach, with a beautiful feel for the melody. Thelonious Monk
The trio then revisits Monk, rumbling into "Mysterioso" before settling into a restrained turbulence. Again, less-is-more, with facets of the melody flickering like small lightening flashes in the roiling bass/drum backdrop.
's "Some Other Time," closing the show, were recorded live in the Fu Kun Wu Lounge. The subdued crowd noise at the beginning of each performance, and the scattering of enthusiastic applause at the wrap-up, gives the sound a Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Riverside, 1961) vibe.
Apothecary, an excellent piano trio outing, shines a fresh light on some time-tested tunes.
Track Listing: Green Dolphin Street; Bemsha Swing; Nardis; In Your Own Sweet Way;
Summer Band Camp; Mysterioso; Turnout the Stars; Footprints; Some Other
Personnel: Jon Alberts: piano; Jeff Johnson: bass; Tad Britton: drums.