Rave Tesar Trio: You Decide (2006)
The opening "The Scale Song" is instantly recognizable as deserving of standard status. Rave Tesar's introductory chords, sounding a bit like Brubeck, set the stage for upper register single note runs that sound nothing like Brubeck, with Driscoll and Bill Tesar playing a strong and supportive role. Driscoll doubles much of the melody on upright.
Driscoll and Bill Tesar's considerable talents are spotlighted time and time again throughout the album. On the beautiful ballad "Someone Else's Spell," Driscoll carries the melody as Tesar impresses on brushes and with his wonderful cymbal work.
"Minas" is a focal point for all three players to swing and show their Latin chops. (Throughout the album Tesar's piano playing very often, but not always, suggests various degrees of a Latin pedigree). Full chords and smooth runs mark Tesar's playing on this piece. An excited bass and hot rhythm-keeping make you want to get out of your seat. This tune is followed by "Helium," featuring a deep and meaningful head followed by a swinging undertow.
On this album it is really easy to decide. This is all great stuff. The Rave Tesar Trio's You Decide is one of the best albums of 2007. It is full of inventive compositions, played with great skill and fluidity.
Track Listing: The Scale Song; Minor Mood; Have Some More; You Decide; The Vision; Everyone But Me; Nobody's at Nobody's; Someone Else's Spell; Minas; Helium.
Personnel: Rave Tesar: piano; Kermit Driscoll: bass; Bill Tesar: drums.
Record Label: Tesar Music