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Chris Tarry's group isn't the first amalgamation of intimacy to prove itself highly intelligent to the cerebral heart, but it does lay down clearer rules than some. One soft step through the 'Kata' cut, heavy on so much high-hat spray (you'd swear you're in the middle of a snow cone maker), and the wonderland that is Lite Jazz takes on a whole different meaning. Very MacGuyver music, this track. Making a lot out of what instruments you're given. Like ocean spray, 'Kata' comes up in regular-irregular patterns and blows hot and cold kisses.

The 66 minutes start off like dialogue on a train. 'Evening With Uncle Ooo' charges in then quickly lowers its volume strangely, coming in and out, up and down where it's least expected. Ian Froman on drums often leads the way, with Chris Tarry bubbling on bass like Jeff Berlin, and guitarist Steve Fisk fronting out in the open.

Tight little trio, with absolutely No one taking a break. Usually someone has to. For some period of time. Well - not this Band. Maybe on stage. But on these 9 long tracks, like good runners, the best time to stop means Just Slow Down. That, they manage, as the opening to the Latin-framed 'Il Bambino' will demonstrate. Fisk seems to fool around with a melody while Froman keeps the rhythm warm and nearly steady. Toying with the Spanish sun as well as the all-encompassing term 'JAZZ,' there is a high level of improv coursing through every note launched.

Planned or impervious to wrongly-assumed impromptu riffs, Chris and co. delve into dramatics not touched upon by your average jazz band, or trio. It'll go against the grain of certain smooth lovers, but it's also one of the better Edisons still testing the lights today. Sometimes it's bright, sometimes they'll pop a bulb, and you might never see where you're going, but the pleasure's in bumping into things.

Web site: www.maximumjazz.com

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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