Trio Viriditas: waxwebwind@ebroadway (2002)
Imagination brings in more rewards as the trio funnels the mood into swing. There’s no swagger in their “Broggadocio,” just some uplifting, tasteful play with Norton adding a pleasant dash of color on vibraphone. A change of hue harkens on the wings of the starkly intense clarinet call of “Cue(ball) #1.” Silence adds its voice after Harth finishes, the lead-in for Morris to sing a calmer, gentler song... a juxtaposition that fits perfectly!
Harth and Norton open a dialogue while on “Route 23.” Norton again goes off on a tangent, his pulse in high acceleration, scooting and darting on the cymbals. As his animation increases, the sax gets hotter and snuggles closer without completely sliding into like tempo. Morris adds some calm understatement and then it is back to some swing and a more intimate involvement between the players. The means have justified the end.
Track Listing: From The North; Braggadocio; Interstate; Auda-city; Starbucks; Interstice; Fuer Die Katz
Personnel: Alfred Harth
Style: Modern Jazz