Alon Yavnai Trio: Picture This (2004)
Drummer Toriyama, in particular, fires these pieces. His off-kilter interjections and unique percussion voices seem to keep his band mates on edge and alert to the possibilities of each number. His inventiveness on "The Beginning, composed by bassist Biolcati, certainly inspires admiration.
Picture This is a deeply ambitious work, an attempt to connect the dots between music of disparate types and different eras with the common element of jazz swing. However, the all-inclusive embrace of the material yields an album that never sounds pedantic or overburdened by the history and genre minutiae of the music. The trio succeeds in making even the mathematical rigors of a Bach fugue seem entirely appropriate for the tender sway of a slow dance.
Track Listing: Blues For Alon; Paquito's Merengue; The Beginning; Fugue No. 7 Eb Major From 2nd Book; Funk Tango; Mouche Blues; Zamba Azul; Up Hill; Picture This; Long Time Ago Moses
Personnel: Alon Yavnai-piano; Massimo Biolcati-acoustic bass; Take Toriyama-drums; with Paquito D'Rivera-reeds
Record Label: Bon Rapport Music