, with whom Adasiewicz collaborates in the drummer's People, Places & Things.
With Sun Rooms, he delivers his version of a piano trio, with five original pieces and three "sort of" standards. Perhaps it is easiest to begin with those pieces, as a gauge of the trio's playing. They play Duke Ellington
in the 1960scomes closest to Adasiewicz's style. The piece, which opens with the trio producing what might be mistaken for a bit of electronics hum, features a sly mercurial swing that is simultaneously unadorned and knotty.
The remaining five tracks, all originals, are invigorated by the players. "Life" almost prances on the melody before the momentum is slowed with McBride's solo. The vibraphone, like the bass clarinet, can be pushed to extremes, yet never sounds bellicose or threatening. This trio can swing hard, yet the music remains a warming wash of tones and resonances. Adasiewicz' "Stake" is played fast and hard, with Reed's snare drum and ride cymbal chasing the fleet mallets. Next comes the balladic "Rose Garden," with its cascading notessomething that might have been written with the great Bobby Hutcherson