A trio grows in Elkhart, Indiana, home of the new jazz label, Beezwax. A strong trio, with a softer, subtler approach to contemporary, smooth jazz. The best actors know where to place pauses in their speeches. So too do the best jazz combos. Every second of Franklin/Clover/Seales' Three Worlds is like a whispered conversation of music, three-way, but in total unity. ‘New Stories’ is one of the best examples of unhurried, dialogue music, though thoroughly instrumental. Seales’ spirited piano work never threatens by eclipsing the others; neither is it technically too bright or ever at variance with its collaborators. Each of the six tunes, save the last radio-airplay-length ‘Norwegian Eyes,’ are epic, planned jams that are intimate enough for the microphone or a small room of poets. As ‘Sweet Lorraine’ admits, the playing is detailed and careful, as if we the listeners have stumbled into the 2nd session after a heated set with all the club lights on full. To begin with such an ambling cool down is not only different, but exceptionally At Ease, to let the mind grow dark with the house lights. Nothing spectacular is achieved here, unless you count relaxation of the soul, and yet another obvious reason why there’s little more needed than a 3-handed game. Ever.
Track Listing: Sweet Lorraine, Serenade to a Cuckoo, Mr. BoJangles, New Stories, Righteous Path, Norwegian Eyes
Personnel: Steve Clover - drums, Marc Seales - piano, Henry Franklin - bass
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.