manage their Lofish Recording Studio in New York City when not pursuing each other's well- received recording careers. Fischbacher and his trio have enjoyed a productive new millennium, releasing their sixth recording, Dreamcatcher. Fischbacher eschews electronics in favor of piano trio for interpretations of ten contemporary pop classics ranging from George Harrison
's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (a wicked irony there) to Coldplay's "Clocks," featuring Lohninger on vocals.
Fischbacher shows no fear in selecting pop monuments from the last 40 years. U2's "With or Without You," is treated as an upbeat ballad with Fischbacher approximating The Edge's unique guitar approach. Ulf Stricker
's "I Can't Stop Loving You" is a breezy stroll sporting some of Fischbacher's most lyrical playing. Fischbacher's two original compositions, "Dreamcatcher" and "Mermaid's Refuge" effectively dissolve among the covers, providing a deepening of the recital. Genesis' "I Can't Dance" closes the disc with a 21st Century "The In-Croud" that is both savvy and hip.
Dominic J Marshall Trio Spirit Speech Origin Records 2014
The you hear the one about the English pianist, living in Amsterdam, blending a cornucopia of popular music styles under the banner of jazz. Well, that would be Dominic J Marshall
and drummer Jamie Peet through his sequel to 2012's Icaros (F-ire Records), Spirit Speech. Nijboer is a holdover from Icaros, providing Marshall with a rhythmic continuity present in both recordings. Marshall's composing approach is pan-rhythmic, opting for more rock and funk oriented drumming ("Tiwanaku" and "Sleepwalking") dispersed among the ballad-to-boiler tempi of "Austin Peralta" and "Bud."
Marshall successfully joins the past and present in a combination predicting the future of the acoustic jazz trio. He take a less airy, more dense and intense approach than Craig Taborn
. His melodic sense coupled with Nijboer solid sense of time and Peets solid sense of space make "N = This Very Duo" and "Enter the Void" representative of a new, progressive trio art further solidifying the place of original composition in instrumental jazz.
Bob Henschen Trio Cravo e Canela Self Produced 2014
Pianist Bob Henschen is a member in good standing with the Houston Jazz Mafia, a group of musicians that boasts guitarists Chris Cortez
's plush ballad, "Lydia" as it gives way to the nuclear blues of Andrew "Tex" Allen's "Merlin." Allen also provided "Intruding Melody" a piece with cascading notes approximating falling rain as gathered in the basket provided by the delicate rhythm section which transmogrifies into a lilting Latin swing. The lengthy piece features an angular solo by Nitzberk buoyed by Solook's shimmering cymbal work. Henschen's golden touch resides in his delicate confidence, like that expressed on Billy Strayhorn