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The Michael Lauren Trio: Live At Mobydick Records

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The Michael Lauren Trio: Live At Mobydick Records
Drummer/educator Michael Lauren's Live At Mobydick Records project is a compact trio outing with guitarist Vasco Agostinho and double bassist João Custódio. Lauren moved from New York City in 2003 to become the Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. This performance came about as the result of a worldwide live-stream concert from the recording studio at MobyDick Records in Braga, Portugal: a comfortable setting for the players, as well as an opportunity to record a live concert album.

The set opens with the upbeat swing of Sonny Rollins' "Biji," the only composition not composed by a trio member. After the bridge it launches into a section of trading eights in true bebop style, giving all the players a chance to shine. Agostinho begins his "Ritual Do Cabrito" with fuzz guitar, a startling change in sound which illustrates part of what Lauren means when he describes the band's sound as "Jazz with an Attitude." The guitar solo rocks out, leading into an energetic drum solo.

Lauren's "Bonfim Blues" begins with an unaccompanied drum solo before returning to a more traditional guitar trio sound for a swinging blues. There are three Lauren/Agostinho co-compositions. "Sempre Em Frente" has a rock/latin flavor; "Looking Back At Life" features a lyrical unaccompanied bass solo before launching into a lovely ballad; and the closer "A Bridge Remembered" is reminiscent of Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," with its fast, serpentine chromatic line. It is a swinging conclusion to a varied program from a fine trio, with sound and attitude to spare.

Track Listing

Biji; Ritual Do Cabrito; Bonfim Blues; Sempre Em Frente; Looking Back At Life; Fresco; A Bridge Remembered.

Personnel

Michael Lauren: drums; Vasco Agostinho: guitar; João Custódio: bass, acoustic.

Album information

Title: Live At Mobydick Records | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Mobydick Records


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