John Geggie / Frank Kimbrough / Jean Martin: Ottawa, Canada April 17, 2010
But despite being Ottawa's best-kept secret, it's Geggie's inherent humility that continues to make his Geggie Concert Series worth following...and closely. When he can bring a trio that, in defiance of all expectations, proved capable of rare empathytraveling from sharp angles to soft curves in a nanosecondit further supports a community of local jazz fans that, with complete and utter trust, is now flocking to the bassist's shows, even when unfamiliar with its participants. Consistently sold out (or close to) crowds often walk into one of his shows with nothing more than the expectation that Geggie will have put together something of value and interest, whatever it is. In trio with Kimbrough and Martin, Geggie has created yet another successful teaming of musicians who have never played together in this combination before. It was a particularly fine evening, and certainly one to rival other piano pairings over the past several years, thanks to a bassist with intuition, an unfettered pianist with strong compositional leanings in his improvisation, and a drummer whose control of time is only rivaled by his skill with texture.
John R. Fowler