Experimental drummer Jeff Davis leads a formidable piano trio that goes against the grain, as it gels to diametric pulses and opposing metrics. Abetted by pianist Russ Lossing's hammering block chords and off-center rhythmic improvisations, Davis elevates, prods and generates cyclonic intensity, yet shades or tempers the momentum during the album's introspective moments. His holistic approach to the kit yields numerous residuals, reengineering the rhythmic panorama via swirling cadenzas, fractured blues and free jazz jaunts, or winding matters down to a near whisper in spots.
A capsule of the trio's ingenuity shines on "William Jacob." On this disjointed ballad, bassist extraordinaire Eivind Opsvik's poignant lines complement Davis' sweeping brushes, where the rhythm section outlines a gentle tapestry. Moreover, Lossing's pulsating harmonics and geometrical chord voicings parlay a guessing game of sorts, as the band builds a probing theme and improvises across a melody with zigzagging flows. Keeping things at bay with a sense of anticipation, Opsvik then shifts the tide, sparked by Davis' polyrhythmic barrage as they circle back around to the opening motif. Davis and cohorts marshal a novel perspective on the well-worn jazz piano trio format while flinging more than a few nasty curveballs along the way.
Personnel: Jeff Davis: drums; Eivind Opsvik: bass; Russ Lossing: piano.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.