3Prime is three stalwarts of jazz. Drummer Peter Donald has been the anchor for many a rhythm section having played with everyone from Zoot Sims to John Abercrombie. Abraham Laboriel also has an impressive resume having backed both pop and jazz personages. He has also been on many ECM albums, one of the foremost labels of modern jazz. Tom Ranier, a top notch improvisor, is also as adroit on the clarinet as on piano. The clarinet isn't part of this CD package. The label, Fuzzy Music, is the brainchild of progressive jazz drummer, Peter Erskine.
Energized by a live, actively participating audience, the trio embarks upon exposing an eclectic play list to a wide array of interpretative approaches. Laboriel's "Moment out of Time" is definitely modern as is the following cut "Step Outside" where Laboriel reveals an deep intimacy of the electric bass. This track is one second short of nine minutes of innovative improvisation. Even the standards are treated to a modern jazz face lift. After a nod to the melody, the trio revises and revamps "All the Things You Are" with striking extemporization. The track features strong drum inserts by Donald as he trades off with Ranier's piano, with Laboriel's bass wandering around underneath. Although these three are veterans, they have not stayed still. They not only have kept up with new jazz forms, they have become leaders in playing within their framework. This is a solid session and is recommended.
Track Listing: You Stepped out of a Dream; Moment out of Time; Step Outside; Jet Samba; Blue Daniel; Snippy; All The Things You Are; Teach Me Your Paths
Personnel: Abe Laboriel - Bass; Peter Donald - Drums; Tom Ranier - Piano
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.