Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.

I want to help

The Mort Weiss Trio: The Three of Us


Sign in to view read count
The Mort Weiss Trio: The Three of Us They could make a movie about the twists in Mort Weiss's life. The story certainly seems like something Hollywood might come up with: young man has love of music and embarks on professional career, grows tired of life on the road and retires, resumes his career after a thirty year sabbatical. Everyone loves happy endings and The Three of Us, the latest offering from Weiss, is certainly a reason for gladness.

The Three of Us is an intimate trio effort in which clarinetist Weiss is ably supported by Ron Escheté on seven-string guitar and Dave Carpenter on bass. The three stretch out on nine classics, playing with an easy, casual rapport. Escheté, who joined Weiss on his two previous albums, shines throughout, offering lush chords to thicken the sound and act as a cushy middle layer between clarinet and bass.

It's probably safe to say that the clarinet has fallen out of style on recent jazz recordings, but Weiss's take on "You Go To My Head" should have listeners lamenting that fact. He plays with a languorous breathiness that recalls Stan Getz, coupled with the whimsical vulnerability that is the hallmark of the long black horn. The performance has the effect of running into an old friend with whom you've lost touch, but are at a loss to explain why.

The Three of Us is a warm and welcoming disc. Here's hoping that it is just one of many in a long-delayed but promising career.

Track Listing: Look for the Silver Lining; Time After Time; You Go To My Head; I'll Remember April; Billie's Bounce; Soon; I Left My Hear In San Francisco; Groovin' High; My Secret Love

Personnel: Mort Weiss-clarinet; Ron Eschet

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: SMS Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


CD/LP/Track Review
The Mort Report
Read more articles
Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show
Mort Weiss Is a Jazz...
SMS Jazz
Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show
Mort Weiss is a Jazz...
SMS Jazz
A Giant Step Out and Back
A Giant Step Out and...
SMS Jazz
I'll Be Seeing You
I'll Be Seeing You
SMS Jazz
Mort Weiss Meets Bill Cunliffe
Mort Weiss Meets Bill...
SMS Jazz
Raising the Bar: The Definitive Mort Weiss
Raising the Bar: The...
SMS Jazz
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
sax, alto
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
sax, tenor
Art Pepper Art Pepper
sax, alto
Bud Powell Bud Powell
Buddy DeFranco Buddy DeFranco
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond
sax, alto
Tony Monaco Tony Monaco
organ, Hammond B3
Jerry Granelli Jerry Granelli
Barbara Morrison Barbara Morrison
Pamela Rose Pamela Rose

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT  

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.