4

Michael Gallant Trio: Completely

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Michael Gallant Trio: Completely For many an ivory-tickler, the piano trio is the perfect format for supper club-appropriate sashays through standards, but Michael Gallant doesn't think that way; he'd rather put a little power, pizzazz and punch into the piano trio, using it as a springboard to launch his oft-excitable tunes.

Gallant is a talented multi-tasker who served as an editor for Keyboard magazine, contributes articles to Downbeat, scores videos for various clients like the Anti-Defamation League, and gigs regularly, so it should come as no surprise that he multi-tasks a bit here; piano and electric piano are both part of this package and, while Gallant often moves back and forth between them within a song, he does so with ease; Completely resides in the overdub-free zone.

Originals dominate the proceedings here, with Seattle grunge giant Pearl Jam's "Go" being the only cover, and that's just fine; Gallant and his trio mates, Chris Infusino on drums and the ever-stunning Linda Oh on bass, can easily hold a listener's attention with these originals. The album begins with "Greens," which balances a heavy-handed beat on the bottom with more dexterous and bluesy piano on top, and the energy remains high through the follow-up—"Roundabout." The spotlight turns to Gallant for the short and mostly mellow "Lightbulb," but raw energy takes over on "Go." Gallant then visits Argentina by way of New York on "Cornelia Street Tango," which features a winner of a solo from Oh. He continues by mixing the slowly rocking with the reflective on "Problem With The Game," and gets down to business on the firm-and-funky "The Real Maria." His many and varied talents come to the fore during these tracks and the three remaining numbers that follow them.

Shifting moods, dynamics and focal points abound throughout Completely, but some things remain the same: motion, commitment to the groove, and a passion for music pour forth from this powerful piano trio.

Track Listing: Greens; Roundabout; Lightbulb; Go; Cornelia Street Tango; Problem Withe the Game; The Real Maria; Completely; Love You Better; Candlelight.

Personnel: Michael Gallant: acoustic and electric pianos; Linda Oh: acoustic and electric bass; Chris Infusino: drums.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Self Produced


Shop

  • Greens
    Greens
    Michael Gallant
    Completely
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Circles CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Windmills CD/LP/Track Review Windmills
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Ugly Beautiful CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beautiful
by David A. Orthmann
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Trickster CD/LP/Track Review Trickster
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Caipi CD/LP/Track Review Caipi
by Geannine Reid
Published: March 24, 2017
Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read "Sunday Night At The Vanguard" CD/LP/Track Review Sunday Night At The Vanguard
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 18, 2016
Read "Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!" CD/LP/Track Review Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!
by Budd Kopman
Published: October 3, 2016
Read "Some Great Songs Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Some Great Songs Vol. 2
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 6, 2017
Read "Hush Point III" CD/LP/Track Review Hush Point III
by Budd Kopman
Published: January 8, 2017
Read "The Unity Sessions" CD/LP/Track Review The Unity Sessions
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 7, 2016
Read "Vyamanikal" CD/LP/Track Review Vyamanikal
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!