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by Matthew Wuethrich
JazzTimes writer Stuart Nicholson recently posited that appropriation has driven the development of jazz, for it draws on disparate musical sources to enrich its own vocabulary. This force has however been balanced with some constants that link one stage of development to another, and the most notable constant has been ensemble combinations. Of those combinations, perhaps no other has seen as much use as the acoustic piano trio. The French group Triade starts with such a traditional base, but they ...read more