Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved reader experience across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

3

Danny Fox Trio: The Great Nostalgist

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
A group like the Danny Fox Trio and an album like The Great Nostalgist both serve as strong reminders that there's no shortcut for building empathy and there's no technological advancement in the world that can substitute for big ears, strong reflexes, and their attendant responses. Togetherness is truly a time-honed ideal, and music benefits not from what captures and/or manipulates it, but from whence it comes.

Rather than follow modern-day recording conventions for this one, Fox and company cut the other way and recorded live to tape in the living room of a century-old home in the Catskills. There, free of most of the tech-cum-distractions that often influence recording outcomes, this trio was able to properly tap into times past while playing in the moment. The ten tracks that came out of the experience are a testament to that fact.

Sounds and stories are practically on equal footing across this program. "Jewish Cowboy (The Real Josh Geller)," shaped by Fox's early exposure to bluegrass music, carries itself with a caffeinated country vibe and a touch of uncertainty; "Truant," born in bouts between being thrown out of a practice room in college, proves true to logical development and disjointed origins; "Emotional Baggage Carousel," forming in a moment's thought at JFK Airport's Terminal 4, alludes to some other time in misty-eyed fashion before settling into a sanguine space; and "Old Wash World," referencing Fox's laundromat of yore and taking piano cues from a voice memo, is built atop gleeful, rinse-cycle grooves. Whether looking back at formative experiences or rooting around in seemingly trivial occurrences, Fox manages to find the perfect seed material and the right tools to help those ideas in the growth department.

This album arrives as Fox, bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest, and drummer Max Goldman celebrate a decade of existence as a working unit. Every minute, hour, day, month, and year that these three men have spent together shapes and fuels this music in fascinating ways. Cycling motifs, quick shifts in direction and temperament, pliable gestures, idiosyncratic thoughts, and intelligent design all come together in organic fashion as the Danny Fox Trio combs through the recesses of time and memory to create music that manages to be personal and universal in its expressions, and evocative yet current in tone.

Track Listing: Adult Joe; Theme For Gloomy Bear; Jewish Cowboy (The Real Josh Geller); Cookie Puss Prize; Truant; Caterpillar Serenade; Preamble; Fat Frog; Emotional Baggage Carousel; Old Wash World.

Personnel: Danny Fox: piano; Chris van Voorst van Beest; Max Goldman: drums.

Title: The Great Nostalgist | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Hot Cup Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Roppongi CD/LP/Track Review Roppongi
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Is Life Long? CD/LP/Track Review Is Life Long?
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Contra la indecision CD/LP/Track Review Contra la indecision
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Vessel in Orbit CD/LP/Track Review Vessel in Orbit
by Don Phipps
Published: January 19, 2018
Read Pulse/Quartet CD/LP/Track Review Pulse/Quartet
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: January 19, 2018
Read OR CD/LP/Track Review OR
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2018
Read "Is It Me...?" CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 7, 2017
Read "Morph" CD/LP/Track Review Morph
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 2, 2017
Read "First Light" CD/LP/Track Review First Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 18, 2017
Read "Last Minute Panic" CD/LP/Track Review Last Minute Panic
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 18, 2017
Read "Get Up And Go" CD/LP/Track Review Get Up And Go
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 6, 2017
Read "The Tronosonic Experience" CD/LP/Track Review The Tronosonic Experience
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 9, 2017