Triangle: 3 Sides of A Question (2004)
Triangle is a jazz piano trio formed in 2001 that seeks to perform hard bop, originals by Art Lande from his 1970s and '80s songbook, and works by European composers. I was quite surprised to learn that Lande is the drummer for Triangle. With Doug Anderson on bass, the piano chair is handled by Erik Deutsch. While Anderson is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder, Deutsch was educated and performed in the Washington D.C. area. He studied with New York pianist George Colligan and relocated to Colorado, where he enrolled in piano at the Boulder school.
The eleven tracks on this album are largely original compositions from Lande, several ex-students of the pianist, and Lee Morgan; it closes with the standard "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning." Much of the music is performed in the introspective and lyrical style popularized by Bill Evans, and in a "blindfold test" setting, Deutsch's playing easily sounds like the recordings of Art Lande. As a percussionist, Lande is attentive and non-intrusive. On the more aggressive "Bar-Rock," he joins Deutsch and Anderson in raising the level, and on "VHS" Lande stretches out with a drum solo. "A Crimson Scarf" begins with Lande intoning the words of a poem prior the performance of the tune. Many of the songs are played in a relaxed manner, whether ballad, blues or up-tempo, with "Bar-Rock" and Lee Morgan's "Me'N You" the closest to being cookers.
Track Listing: Julian, So It Seemed, Bar-Rock, Out'A Town, Pasamatania, A Crimson Scarf, Me'N You, VHS, I See Better With My Eyes, Spongello, In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning.
Personnel: Erik Deutsch, piano; Doug Anderson, bass; Art Lande, drums
Record Label: Synergy Music