have been playing together in each others bands and in various other groupings since they met, yet it took the divine intervention of photographer-cum-record producer Jimmy Katz to bring them together as one on record.
The back story for this recording is short and simple, yet worth noting: Katz discovered a wonderful recording locationa former church in Brooklynwhile photographing guitarist Pat Metheny
for the Orchestrion (Nonesuch, 2010) project. He wanted to use the space for recording, so he contacted these three musical mates who were all game to give it a go. They came together for a day in late May of 2011, played a bunch of standards and a few freely developed numbers, and Katz captured it all for posterity.
The majority of the pieces heard on the OWL Trio's self-titled debut are first or second takes; these guys rarely need more than one or two shots to make something magical happen. The chemistry, sensitivity and simpatico sensibilities exhibited by these three young men are evident at every turn. The music they create exhibits extreme focus and clarity but they still manage to expand the boundaries of the music at hand. Vinson's pure-toned saxophone, Lund's clean-yet-cushy chords and single notes, and le Fleming's grounding-and-moving bass make for a winning combination.
Intimacy is ever in the air, whether this unit is exploring Duke Ellington