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Since the innovations of Bill Evans back in the late ‘50s, the piano trio has become one of the most expressive formats for the creative musician. The pianist, bassist and drummer can interact in ways that work wonderfully on a smaller scale, but would become too cumbersome in a larger ensemble. It is within this resourceful convention that German pianist Sebastian Weiss presents his latest trio affair, Polaroid Memory. All ten of the pieces are Weiss originals and each one manages to travel the road less taken. From the march tempo of the title track to the Cecil Taylor abstractions that mark “Blues For a Brave Drummer,” Weiss and his cohorts offer a fresh perspective on the piano trio format. Unusual for players of this age, Weiss, bassist Bob Bowen, and drummer Dan Weiss never engage in showy displays of technique just for the sake of thrills, instead they let the creative process develop naturally along the lines of the chart at hand. Fresh and ambitious, Polaroid Memory is well worth a listen and it serves as a fine introduction to a talent on the rise.
Track Listing: Across the Water, Shifting Views, Polaroid Memory, Picture of Kerstin, Tioga 28, Blues For a Brave Drummer, In the Fading Light, Nonsense Conversation, Change of Pace, Things to Come
Personnel: Sebastian Weiss (piano), Bob Bowen III (bass), Dan Weiss (drums)
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.