Ryan Burns / Geoff Cooke / Jose Martinez: Tree-O (2007)
The opener, "Gettin' Red-y (for Red Garland)," sets the mood. Red Garland was Miles Davis' pianist of choice in his first great quintet, with John Coltrane, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. Garland had a light touch, a sparkle that's evident here in Ryan Burns' hands. Also evident is the trio's chemistry. Burns, bassist Geoff Cooke and drummer Jose Martinez have played together for a decade, and their sympatico shows, with a much more interactive and modern approach than what's on Red Garlard's '50s trio outings.
"Ring the Bells," another Burns original, addresses the Miles Davis first great quintet vehicle "If I Were a Bell," with that familiar eight-note chime leading into a relaxed bounce of a rhythm behind a pretty melody. "Down in Denver" and "Boca De Tomatlan," both written by bassist Geoff Cooke, have darker tones than the Burns-penned tunes, with more of a modernistic, foreboding lean.
"Ibra-Hymn," a nod to Abdullah Ibrahim, closes the set with a South African rhythmic feeling and a sense of serene spirituality, wrapping up this top-notch piano trio disc with style and reverence.
Track Listing: Gettin' Red-y (for Red Garland); Ring the Bells; Down in Denver; Entomology; Boca De Tomatlan; Freedom of Commitment; Ibra-Hymn.
Personnel: Ryan Burns: piano; Geoff Cooke: bass; Jose Martinez: drums.
Record Label: Odd Bird Records