All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

14

MEM3: Circles

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
The modernistic piano trio, MEM3, draws influences from the innovative e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) and the Bad Plus, as well as the legendary drummer Peter Erskine's trio recordings. Circles, MEM3's second outing, puts them in the league with those higher profile groups as they craft an understated and unfailingly lovely trio sound enhanced with subtle electronic effects and fluid interplay.

Circles is a remarkably cohesive statement. Pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Mark Lau and drummer Ernesto Cervini craft a distinctive modern piano trio sound, full of gradual shifts in energy levels and momentums, interspersed with beautifully introspective reveries riding sublimely soulful grooves. Tune-smithing duties are shared equally, with one traditional tune slipped in: "Faith Of Our Fathers," a sound that conjures images, muted and slightly blurred, of sunlight diffused—the shapes themselves softened—from a passage through the angular images of a church's stained glass window.

"For ES" (Esbjorn Svensson) is undiluted joy, understated initially, before bursting into a muscular momentum that fades back to delicacy atop a soft, relentless rhythm. "Centrical," the disc's opener, entices with the sublimely soft touch and charm of a delicately interactive trio. "Native Dancer" is a dark piano groove underlain by a feathery rhythmic backdrop. "Circles," the tune, is a buoyant bass groove riding a shimmering piano and a metronomic drum shuffle, enhanced by an (almost) subliminal electro-effects.

If MEM3 comes out of the e.s.t school of the modern piano approach, Circles, their sophomore effort, rises to the top of the class—an enchanting and deceptively complex and straight-through compelling set of sounds.

And the sound should be mentioned. It has a remarkable clarity. It might be possible, just by listening, to count the bristles on drummer Cervini's well-employed brushes, on this set that can sit on the shelve next to the best of the modernistic piano trio outings.

Track Listing: Centrical; Native Dancer; Circles; Quiescent; Shire Song; Anthem; Faith Of Our Fathers; Olympic; 4ES; AFJ.

Personnel: Michael Cabe: piano; Mark Lau: bass; Ernesto Cervini: drums.

Title: Circles | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Circles

Circles

MEM3
Circles

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Circles

Circles

Self Produced
2017

buy

Related Articles

Read You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To CD/LP/Track Review
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 24, 2018
Read We Out Here CD/LP/Track Review
We Out Here
by Chris May
Published: February 24, 2018
Read Best of the Bootlegs 2017 CD/LP/Track Review
Best of the Bootlegs 2017
by Doug Collette
Published: February 24, 2018
Read The Asylum Years CD/LP/Track Review
The Asylum Years
by Doug Collette
Published: February 24, 2018
Read Solo Contra CD/LP/Track Review
Solo Contra
by Daniel Barbiero
Published: February 24, 2018
Read Ellipse CD/LP/Track Review
Ellipse
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 23, 2018
Read "The Joy of Being" CD/LP/Track Review The Joy of Being
by John Sharpe
Published: April 12, 2017
Read "Lavaman" CD/LP/Track Review Lavaman
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2017
Read "The Good Life" CD/LP/Track Review The Good Life
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 8, 2017
Read "Thank You For Coming To Life" CD/LP/Track Review Thank You For Coming To Life
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 2, 2017
Read "Pathways" CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 30, 2017
Read "Jondo" CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017