Mark Kleinhaut Trio with Bobby Watson: A Balance of Light (2003)
It matters little what style the music is. In the diversity of the compositions lies the thread for the musicians to pick and come up with a fabric that is often enough splendid. The lilting flex of a Latin rhythm marks “Ferdinand and Isabelle” before Watson punctuates with whirling figures that loop around the melody, spurred by Harris and Lyden. Kleinhaut has a loquacious tone and here he lets it bounce and dance adding pliant chord work to the flavor.
Ballad time is best witnessed on the warm intonation of Kleinhaut as he introduces “Erikita.” His unhurried pacing adds to the impact and Watson picks the skein and braids from the wellspring of inspired emotion. Making this all the more riveting is the textural contrast that is bought in by the arco of Lyden, the soft shaded drumming of Harris and the comping of Kleinhaut. The band goes on a happy, swinging romp “South of Mason.” Moving along like a well-oiled machine, this mid-tempo groover has enough panache to hook. As the final note falls and ebbs this album leaves behind a well woven musical tale.
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Track Listing: Ferdinand and Isabelle; Long Look Back; Four Lane Clover; South of Mason; Field of Greens; Start it Up; Erikita; Summers
Personnel: Mark Kleinhaut
Record Label: Invisible Music Records