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Upper Left Trio

It would be too easy to pigeonhole the Upper Left Trio as a Bad Plus wannabe. Doing so would certainly be inaccurate, as the Upper Left Trio exists at approximately the midpoint between the Oscar Peterson Trio and Medeski, Martin, and Wood. The band’s debut recording, Cycling, consists of ten well-crafted original piano trio compositions that fall conservatively well short of the Bad Plus, producing a record that will not boast the band being the loudest jazz piano trio. The Upper Left Trio can boast being one of the more articulate and thoughtful new trios to emerge in the mainstream in the 21st century. Fully integrated, the trio acts a unit as opposed to a collection of three individuals

Ulternative

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Smells Like French; Swamped; Particles of Noise (except); Cross Off the Stars; Fig; Home; Fear & Bright Colors; Steel Wheel; The Crush; After Us; Your Chariot Awaits; True North.

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Smells Like French

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2012
Duration: 5:12

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Upper Left Trio: Ulternative

Read "Ulternative" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Portland, Oregon's Upper Left Trio has been together nearly a decade. The group began its recording journey on Origin Records in 2003 with Cycling. Ulternative is the trio's fourth recording for the label, and continues to push its music forward.The piano trio has, since pianist Bill Evans' late 1950s/early 1960s recordings with bassist Scott ...

Three

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Revealed; Mantra; Linguistricks; The In Crowd; Scriab-ish; Introduction; Don

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Linguistricks

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2007
Duration: 5:30

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Upper Left Trio: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by John Barron

Occasionally, in the midst of media-hyped young lions re-creating and staking claim to past innovations, a jazz recording will emerge that nurtures the essence of tradition with openness and candor. Such engaging qualities can be heard on Three, the third release from Portland, Oregon's Upper Left Trio, featuring pianist Clay Giberson, drummer Charlie Doggett and bassist ...

Sell Your Soul Side

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Heads or Tails; All Want; Sell Your Soul Side; She Casts No Shadow; Comrade Camenzind; This is Where I Find Peace; Not to Decide; Reason to Change; Prayer.

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Heads or Tails?

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2006
Duration: 4:58

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Upper Left Trio: Sell Your Soul Side

Read "Sell Your Soul Side" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Comparisons fly all over the place when writers try to describe the sound of an emerging pianist and his trio. From the percussive side the newcomer might get paired with Bud Powell, to use a past master, or McCoy Tyner, if we're going with a current player. On the other side of the spectrum there seem ...


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