This drummer-led piano trio comes full circle on a strong program of tunes from a diverse band of composers, plus an original from the leader. The playing is compact, giving rein to improvisation that stays in the mood while adding enough tonality to render the proceedings interesting. Reuben Hoch pegs the rhythm into the groove, and when the time comes, he elevates it to ferment the mood. Pianist Don Friedman shapes and kindles the melody, presaging an agile mind that turns into unseen corners with a nice little twist. Ed Schuller has always been one for whom the bass is an eloquent voice, vibrant and resonant in its myriad hues.
About midway through, there's an interesting "Turnaround where the three engage in a conversation that darts between them. While Friedman supplies the main voice, Hoch's varied punctuation moves from emphatic accents to a flex of the cymbals, addding spice; Schuller's walking bass line completes the lure. Friedman brings back "Flamands, which he recorded on Waltz for Debby (441 Records, 2003). It works pleasantly enough, the tempo set by Hoch and Schuller, but then in comes Friedman, dwelling on the melody before he adds muscle and pumps it with potent vigor. There's a swinging line invested in "Beatrice, where the three work comfortably together, which makes this mainstream take a delight.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.