152

The Drummonds: Pas de Trois

Dr. Judith Schlesinger By

Sign in to view read count
The Drummonds: Pas de Trois The wonderful Renee Rosnes doesn't record nearly enough; she's done seven albums since she signed with Blue Note in the late '80s for her self-titled debut. Pas de Trois, credited to the two Drummonds (Ray and Billy) in the rhythm section and conceived by überproducer Todd Barkan, is on True Life Jazz; its original Japanese title was Letter to Evans because so many of the tunes were associated with Bill. The recording was intended to reproduce the feel of a night at Bradley's, the late, lamented Greenwich Village club famous for gathering the best pianists in jazz, and it does: with minimal reliance on charts in favor of spontaneous arrangements, the music has the warm, immediate feel of a live session.

Rosnes has a gift for blowing the dust off standards, making them sound fresh and personal, and her comping is always unusually sensitive and melodic. Here she has impeccable support from the Drummonds: Ray the bassist takes some wonderful solos, and Billy the drummer (and Renee's husband) is intricate and perfectly attuned. Pas de Trois means dance of three, an apt description of the trio's communal energy: strong without being aggressive, companionable and fluid.

Their pallette here ranges from swinging versions of "You and the Night and the Music," "Pas de Trois," "I Hear a Rhapsody" and the burner, "Golden Earrings," to mid-tempo versions of "My Romance" and "Emily" that give new pulse to those classics. "Rhapsody" is pure stretch-out joy, while "Too Young to Go Steady" demonstrates how to keep a ballad consistently interesting and moving, even when the material is less than stellar. The record includes a beautiful version of Wayne Shorter's "Miyako" as a tribute to the year Rosnes spent with his band (1988), and ends with a celestial "Haunted Heart," introduced with one of the loveliest piano solos I've ever heard.

Pas de Troix is a refreshing, thoroughly entertaining recording from a classy trio. Check it out if you haven't heard Rosnes and the Drummonds; if you have, you need no encouragement from me.


Track Listing: You and the Night and the Music, Too Young to Go Steady, Pas de Trois, My Romance, Emily, Golden Earrings, Miyako, I Hear a Rhapsody, Haunted Heart

Personnel: Renee Rosnes (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Billy Drummond (drums).

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: True Life Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Cedar Walton Cedar Walton
piano
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Kenny Barron Kenny Barron
piano
Wallace Roney Wallace Roney
trumpet
Phil Woods Phil Woods
sax, alto
Charles Earland Charles Earland
organ, Hammond B3
Woody Shaw Woody Shaw
trumpet
James Moody James Moody
reeds
Bud Shank Bud Shank
saxophone
Sadao Watanabe Sadao Watanabe
sax, alto
Jaki Byard Jaki Byard
piano

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Natural Language" CD/LP/Track Review Natural Language
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 9, 2016
Read "We Drift Meridian" CD/LP/Track Review We Drift Meridian
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 15, 2016
Read "Live At The Open Gate" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Open Gate
by John Sharpe
Published: August 29, 2016
Read "Prog Noir" CD/LP/Track Review Prog Noir
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Seven Storey Mountain V" CD/LP/Track Review Seven Storey Mountain V
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 28, 2016
Read "As subtle as tomorrow" CD/LP/Track Review As subtle as tomorrow
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

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!

Buy it!