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Benny Lackner Trio: Pilgrim

Read "Pilgrim" reviewed by Michael J. West

The rock-ish but very adult Pilgrim is a cautionary example of why detail is important in jazz. On a cursory listen, the Benny Lackner Trio sounds like a Bad Plus imitator: the rock influence is heavy, pianist Lackner shares Ethan Iverson's harmonic trajectory and heavy touch, and drummer Robert Perkins' sound is superficially like Dave King's bash-and-crash. What's more, the fifth track is titled “Brad Plus," a dead giveaway if ever there was one. That first impression is illusory. Deeper ...

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Benny Lackner Trio: Pilgrim

Read "Pilgrim" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Benny Lackner Trio calls itself a “collective," with each member “interjecting equally toward the construction of the material." This sef-description was certainly true of the group's previous outing, Sign of the Times (Nagel Heyer, 2006). It's an even more accurate characterization of the group's approach on Pilgrim.The “collective" is a piano trio, with some subtle electronics added--Wurlitzer and Nord lead 2--along with a dash of electro-percussion. When you talk piano trio and equality of each member's input, ...


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