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Triceratops is a three-horned sextet that takes its name from the three-horned dinosaur. With an alternating front line of saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and trombone, this veteran San Francisco-area band creates warm jazz moods in a variety of genres.
The album's original compositions by Tony Corman (alto / soprano saxophones, flute), Dave Tidball (tenor / soprano saxophones, clarinet), and Laura Klein (piano) are an eclectic mix of modern jazz, ranging from fairly straight-ahead bebop in an Art Blakey mode to more exotic, impressionistic tunes that combine elements of samba, Klezmer, and other world music. The core of this group has been together for over a decade, and they play with a great sense of comfort and mutual understanding. The ensemble playing is always first-rate and the soloists are engaging, if not especially memorable. This is earthy, sensual, and highly accessible jazz that should appeal to many listeners.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.