Steve Herberman: Action:Reaction (2006)
The disc's title suggests the working mode of the trio. The guitarist is joined here by a couple of stalwarts of the New York City jazz scene, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Mark Ferber. The "trio of equals" description of a band sound is more often applied to the piano trio, but it's just as apt with this unit. The Herberman tunes here have a lot of room for improvisation, for acting and reacting to each others ideas and interjections in surprising ways within the frameworks of Herberman's tunes.
These are pretty sounds with a satisfying depth that bring some of the guitar legendsJoe Pass and Jim Hallto mind, music that is airy yet rich, sometimes swinging ("Cos Groove"), sometimes pensive ("Nearly Time"), or delicately, succinctly understated ("Snap!").
Achieving a fresh and distintive voice with guitar trio is no easy task, but Steve Herberman, with Drew Gress and Mark Ferber, has done just that with the vibrant sounds on Action:Reaction.
Track Listing: Cos' Groove; Be Nimble; Negev Journey; Shoutin' Down; Halcyon Air; Worry Not; Nearly Time; Snap!; Sphericity.
Personnel: Steve Herberman: guitar; Drew Gress; bass; Mark Ferber: drums.
Record Label: Reach Music