Brad Shepik Trio: Short Trip
While Brad Shepik looms as one of the future stars of modern jazz, his equally impressive rhythm section consisting of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey help accelerate this outing to lofty heights as they frequently push and prod the guitarist throughout these nine vibrant pieces. Basically, the rhythm section injects fervent shuffle beats, brisk swing vamps and oscillating cross currents in concert with Shepik's cleanly executed licks. On pieces such as 'Tuck On In' and 'The Tiger', the band mixes it up in quietly energetic fashion as Shepik renders animated choruses, intermingled with satiny single note flurries and melodious intervals, while Rainey and Colley surge onward in propulsive fashion. With 'Squall', the leader fuses a sneaky, succinctly developed melody into an arrangement featuring Colley's rapid, walking bass lines and Rainey's instigating polyrhythms, as Shepik also utilizes space and depth to great advantage. Overall, Short Trip is a splendid and articulately produced exposition! Highly Recommended!
Track Listing: Lupe, Non, Si Si, Tuck On In, Short Trip Back, The Tiger, Pilgrimage, Tony Tune, Squall, Karedok Luenca
Personnel: Brad Shepik; guitar: Tom Rainey; drums: Scott Colley; bass
Record Label: Knitting Factory