“The Spider Trio” is all about three jazz musicians who at various points in time immigrated to New Orleans, La to indulge their musical sensibilities and respective crafts into the City’s rich jazz heritage. Tenor saxophonist Earle Brown currently performs with New Orleans local hero, Tuba Fats and his “Chosen Few Brass Band” among others while bassist Dan McNaughton and drummer Joe Williams have since moved out of the area for various reasons. However, the newly released effort titled, Permission represents the Trio’s June 13th 1998 performance at New Orleans’ “Boiler Room”.
Basically, the band incorporates a New Orleans type vibe, thanks to Earle Brown’s corpulent tone and soul/jazz licks yet the musicians also skirt the boundaries of modern jazz via hearty soloing and three-way dialogue. Hence, a sense of intimacy prevails as the trio’s balanced and at times loose interplay enhances the often bluesy and impassioned lines, strong soloing and subtle themes.
Bassist Dan McNaughton provides a booming, wooden toned sound as he also serves as the traffic cop throughout this diverse set consisting of funk, mid-tempo swing vamps and bouncy motifs; whereas, drummer Joe Williams’ exhibits shrewd soloing abilities while frequently altering the overall tone and pulse of these pieces. Through it all, the musicians perform with a zealous demeanor as the personalized chemistry and tight-knit ensemble work shines forth in impressive fashion.
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.