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Joe Locascio Trio: In The City Of Lost Things

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Houston-based jazz pianist Joe Locascio has performed with many luminaries over the years. As a solo artist, he's released some of the more distinctive albums steeped within the piano trio format. In The City Of Lost Things may signal his finest recorded hour. Simply stated, Locascio plays all the right notes. Consisting of swirling chord clusters, fluid single note runs and tuneful melodies, the pianist and his crack rhythm section skirt that rather opaque division between mainstream and progressive jazz ...

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The Joe LoCascio Trio: Close to So Far

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I must have reviewed too many piano trio albums recently. Here’s another one, led by pianist Joe LoCascio, and I’m thinking as I test the water, yeah, it’s nicely played so why am I unmoved by it? But wait a minute; here’s a number with promise — the title track, “Close to So Far.” That one really swings! Inspired playing by LoCascio, inflexible support from bassist John Adams and drummer Tim Solook. Things may be looking up. The folk–like “For ...

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Joe LoCascio Trio: Close To So Far

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Amidst an ocean of sparkling musicians it’s refreshing to find solitaires that have an inner glow. Joe LoCascio’s accomplished voice shines through with keen light on his latest recording entitled Close to So Far. The now resident Texan with New York roots has recorded with the likes of Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, and Hank Crawford and is still creating music that is of the here and now. He posesses a lyrical voice on piano that swells with musical depth. His ...