Dave Taylor Trio: Doppelganger (2002)
Duval and Rosen follow their leader with a level of deep listening commensurate to their substantial skills as senior improvisers. Taylor makes mention of an early skepticism regarding the sparseness of the instrumentation, and as to whether the three could muster enough variety to sustain an entire album. It’s a legitimate reservation and there are sections on the disc where the energy and interest levels begin to flag. The trio struggle mightily against these forces however, and for the most part wins out. Three tracks, which segment the ensemble down into duo and solo forms further combat the specters of musical monotony. There’s an odd Western thematic undercurrent running through the session as well, both musically in the austere desert wide-open spaces conjured by some of the tracks and in the song titles, not to mention the name of Taylor’s publishing company “Triple Letter Brand Music.” These referents aren’t explained in the liners, making them all the more mysterious. Bass trombone trios are to my knowledge, an extremely rare breed in music of any taxonomy. Taylor’s decision to blaze new trails across what might otherwise seem inhospitable improvisatory environs deserves accolades for courage alone. The reality that he’s found gold in them thar hills almost seems like a bonus.
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Track Listing: Double Tear/ I
Personnel: Dave Taylor- bass trombone; Dominic Duval- bass; Jay Rosen- drums. Recorded: May 9 & 10, 2002, Rossie, NY.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz