Peter Erskine w. Alan Pasqua & David Carpenter: Live at Rocco
Pasqua, who wrote seven of the fifteen tunes, has a way with hooks — "To Love Again" and "Caribe" sound almost like finely crafted pop songs. "Taiowa," the vamp-based "Jerry Goldsmith," and the stately "Milagro" reveal Pasqua’s more adventurous side, while "Greta" and "Children," two ballads, whisper with fragility and tenderness. Carpenter’s sole original, "Riff Raff," begins as a bass-driven groove and eases into bopping swing. Erskine contributes the spritely "Bulgaria," the hypnotic and soft "Life Today," and the Jarrett-like "Autumn Rose." Impressionistic yet burning takes of "All of You" (Carpenter’s solo!) and the seldom-played "How About You?" fit right in with the original material. And John Taylor’s "Pure and Simple," the most swinging cut of the session, could have lent the album a fitting subtitle. Keeping it pure and simple was exactly the intention of these three strikingly complementary players.
Tracks, disc one: 1. To Love Again 2. Riff Raff 3. Caribe (intro) 4. Caribe (body) 5. Life Today 6. Jerry Goldsmith 7. Greta 8. Bulgaria
Tracks, disc two: 1. How About You? 2. Autumn Rose 3. Pure & Simple 4. All of You 5. Children 6. Milagro 7. Taiowa
Peter Erskine, drums; Alan Pasqua, piano; David Carpenter, double bass
Record Label: Fuzzy Music