Tangria Jazz Group: Tangria Jazz Group (2008)
The group kicks off its third offering with a schizophrenic "Nature Boy." The piece begins as an airy piano solo that organizes itself (at the command of Mebane's informed drumming) into a samba. Justin Hellman plays the acoustic bass, giving the piece a humid and organic sound. Simon Rochester delivers a beautifully conservative piano solo. A mainstream reading of John Carisi's Israel" follows, sporting an obtuse solo from Hellman.
John Coltrane's "Impressions" is given a tasteful treatment by the trio, played slightly upbeat and with an abandon that would have made Trane proud. Joe Henderson's "Isotope" offers a not-often-selected standard for the band to play. Rochester gives an inspired improvisation, as does Hellman. Mebane's drumming is always graceful and never overpowering. She possesses a very sensitive ear for herself and her band mates that helps make the Tangria Jazz Group one of the most viable and important trios performing today.
Track Listing: Nature Boy; Israel; Impressions; Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere; Isotope; Bamako Love Walk; Black Nile.
Personnel: Simon Rochester: piano, gankogui (1); Justin Hellman: bass; Sheryl Mebane: drums, djembe (7).
Record Label: Self Produced