John Patitucci, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Pablo Di Sabatino: Threeo
Innovation sets the way the group approaches each of the three standards on the play list. On "That's All" the melody is stated in the first chorus. Then the group turns the tune upside down with intelligent and meaningful improvising, returning to a to restatement of the melody. Extemporization is enhanced considerably by Hernandez's shifting drum patterns. "Just in Time" is an almost 10 minute undressing and redressing of this tune, similar to what early bopsters did with standards.
Refreshing approaches to standards notwithstanding, the heart of this album is the original material written by Di Sabatino. "Meeting of Memories" is strewn with interesting harmonics allowing Di Sabatino's piano and Patitucci's acoustic bass to exchange ever shifting musical ideas. "Negrito" is a piece filled with passion once more led by the piano with the bass and drums providing counterpoint and foundation. "Sotto la Neve" allows Patitucci to show off his considerable virtuosity on the acoustic bass. This is an album filled with superior playing and is recommended.
Track Listing: F. S. Blues; Coco's Way; Meeting of Memories; Just in Time; Hallucinations; Negrito; A Weaver of Dreams; Sotto la Neve; The old Country; That's All
Personnel: Paolo Di Sabatino - Piano; John Patitucci - Acoustic and Electric Bass; Horacio Hernandez El Negro - Drums
Record Label: Hallway Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock