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Toby Koenigsberg Trio: Drift

Read "Drift" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Toby Koenigsberg explored some of bop icon Bud Powell's tunes, the Great American Songbook gem “My Foolish Heart," and Bill Evans' “Show Type Tune" on his outstanding 2005 Origin Records release, Sense. And there was a warped (in a good sense) take on the “Stella By Starlight," also from the Great American Songbook. All of it sounded very modern. He pushes the modernity thing ahead further with his Drift, an homage to the late indy rock artist Elliot Smith. ...

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Toby Koenigsberg Trio: Sense

Read "Sense" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes


On Sense, the Toby Koenigsberg Trio approaches jazz from intriguing angles, bringing an exciting energy and edginess to both originals and standards. The group's preferred organizing principle can be described as deconstruction by addition. The pianist/leader approaches Bud Powell's “Oblivion by artfully inserting bits and pieces of the melody like someone would assemble a jigsaw puzzle: an arpeggio here, a phrase there, until the picture is clear. Another Powell tune, “So Sorry Please, initially stumbles around like a drunk on ...

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Toby Koenigsberg Trio: Sense

Read "Sense" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


On Sense, pianist Toby Koenigsberg's trio offers up a wistful and straightforward take on the American Songbook classic “My Foolish Heart," including a poignant, spare reading of the familiar melody. However, everything else on the disc pushes the boundaries.The trio opens and closes the set with tunes by the New York-based trumpeter Andre Canniere: “Thirteen Species" and “Realizing." Both, like much of this material, have a mildly (and sometimes not so mildly) surreal quality--noir-ish in the case of ...


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