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The deep dark prowling bass lines that open up Trio Reenactment's "Groove Chick," says that this Detroit-based piano trio's leader is bassist John Barron. The up-tempo composition has the feel of a Motor City "Night in Tunisia," as it drives forward with an exotic groove.
Barron, pianist Sven Anderson and drummer Rich Emanuel are veterans of the Detroit music scene, with a collective resume involving funk and Afro-Cuban sounds, Brazilian music and Broadway shows, Latin and Motown soul and straight-ahead jazz. On Trio Reenactment the group shows off their multiple influences and considerable mainstream piano trio chops.
The straight-through engaging set rides the groove of bassist Barron's assertive, sometimes guitar-like sound on three tunes by pianist Anderson and seven by Barron. "7-24" shows of the group's way with a ballad. The sound has a lilting sway, with Barron taking a crisp and melodic solo between Anderson's light sparkle
"Relentless" features Barron laying down on ominous foundation behind in a flashy (in the best sense of the word) piano/drums energy. "James" trips in on a light island rhythm, and "John's Big Feet" wears some quirky yet soulful dancing shoes. "Move It Along" does just what the title indicates, with a mainstream fluid momentum.
Trio Reenactment proves itself a fine and distinctive piano trio affair.
Track Listing: Groove Chick; 7-24; Relentless; First in Line; James; What If; John's Big Feet; Move It Along; Riding With Sveng; Olivia.
Personnel: Sven Anderson: piano; John Barron: bass; Rob Emanuel: drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com