Published since 2004
With the realization that there will always be more music coming at him than he can keep up with, John wonders why anyone would think that jazz is dead or dying.
While some might think, based on the programme, that the Lonberg-Holm Trio is the E.S.T. or the Bad Plus of the cello trio, this is far from the case. While the novelty of a cello trio could degenerate into the realm of shtick, it simply never happens. The trio's ability to expand upon these memorable and recognizable melodies makes for a compelling listen from start to finish. That the sonorities are restricted to the low end of the sonic spectrum is a fact soon forgotten in the trio's soft-edged and smooth-surfaced approach.
Poignant and sometimes melancholic, with a disposition towards introspection that remains delicately-spirited at the same time, Other Valentines has its own voice. And while a specific focus pervades the set, it has plenty of range as well. "Arnold Layne, by Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett, moves along with a gentle backbeat from Rosaly, while Cat Power's "Fool has an alt-country ambience. Sun Ra's "East of Uz swings lightly and is less idiosyncratic than one might expect, and Gil Scott-Heron's "Winter in America, another tune with a distinct backbeat, is as dark as the trio gets.
While the format of the Longberg-Holm trio might frighten off some potential listeners, at the end of the day that's their loss. Those prepared to put aside preconceptions may be surprised at how unassuming and deeply emotional a cello/bass/drums trio can be, and how completely captivating Other Valentines truly is.
Track Listing: East of Uz; Fool; Arnold Layne; Amost Mid-Day; Vals Pa Vinegar; Flo; Winter in America; Jesus Etc.; I Got Nothing; To My Buddy, Buddy
Personnel: Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Jason Roebke (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums)
Record Label: Atavistic Worldwide
Style: Modern Jazz
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