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.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.