With their impressive new release, Staring into the Sun, Tri-Fi defies the odds and provides a sound argument that a piano trio can indeed be a band" in the truest sense of the word. In most cases, albums that are released by musicians marketing themselves as a jazz band" are merely vehicles to provide a framework for the individual musicians of the band" to show off their musical prowess and bombard the listener with indulgent solo after indulgent solo. With its fifth album and follow-up to A Tri-Fi Christmas (self- released in 2011), Staring into the Sun firmly establishes this ...read more
Every Christmas there are volunteers sent to save us from the wrath of Burl Ives. They are called jazz musicians. Everyone loves a bit of schmaltzy music a few days before the holidays, but the only problem these days is that the holiday begins right after Halloween. Sixty days of grandma getting run over by a reindeer can make you suicidal.This year's finest jazz Christmas offering might just be by pianist Matthew Fries, bassist Phil Palombi and drummer Keith Hall. Known as Tri-Fi, this piano trio has released three previous titles, the last being aptly named 3 (Tri-Fi, ...read more
Refreshingly radiant, the second release by the piano trio known as Tri-Fi is a hopeful session of original music. The trio of pianist Matthew Fries, drummer Keith Hall and bassist Phil Palombi was originally formed as the rhythm section for vocalist Curtis Stigers, but they have gone on to tour and record together as a working unit. Their 2005 self-titled debut offered a glimpse at their interplay, but Postcards delivers an assured message with brilliant swing.
The disc opens with Fries' ringing The Pumpkin, informed by an infectious bop theme that certainly draws one into the trio's swinging ...read more
Tri-Fi comprises pianist Matthew Fries, drummer Keith Hall, and bassist Phil Palombi. The trio itself is relatively new, this eponymous disc marking its first recording as such; yet Fries, Hall, and Palombi have been playing together for years and working up a considerable rapport as the backing band for Curtis Stigers, who, incidentally, contributes guest vocals to the only non-original track here, the closing You Go to My Head." A quick look at the songwriting credits should give some idea what Tri-Fi is about: balance, unity. Fries has penned four tracks, and Hall and Palombi wrote three ...read more
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