The Adam Larson Trio: With Love, From ChicagoBy
But With Love From Chicago is no Sun Records rockabilly workout; it is instead a chordless jazz triosax, bass and drumsallowing Larson and company to enjoy a freewheeling respite from harmonic constraints. From the sound of it, a great time was had by all involved.
The Larson original, "Angolan Babysitter," opens the disc. The writing of the tune was inspired by the rhythms of Africa and a well-intentioned but ultimately unwise offer (no good deed goes unpunished?) by his then quartet's bassist to hold an Angolan mother's infant during a flight to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The music features a churning groove and a rollicking trio dynamic coalescing around a compelling melody.
That opener sets the tone for the entire set. It is easy to imagine Larson playing sax in a fifties rock band; his sound has a boldness, and a honking, squawking, loose- jointed feeling. Bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Dana Hall jostle and elbow and bump heads all down the line, like three soccer players on three different teams (maybe they pay it that way somewhere) charging down the field, fighting for possession of the ball.
Larson wrote three of the ten tunes; Sommers came up with four. Throw in three covers, most notably Thelonious Monk's "We See," taken at a fiery tempoa thrashing, ramshackle sound which makes for a distinctive and compelling, rough-around-the-edges jazz.
This nod to Chicagowhere Larson gained the confidence to become the artist he was meant to beis the first of three planned trio outings to be released over an eighteen-month period, each with a different bass and drum line-up. An ambitious plan. With Love, From Chicago is a terrific first step.
Angolan Babysitter; The Time You Forgot You Knew; Kansas To Chicago; In Waiting; We See; Twirl; Portrait of Jenna; Root Fruit; Tierney's Song; Firestarter.
Adam Larson: saxophone; Clark Sommers: bass; Dana Hall: drums.
Title: With Love, From Chicago | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Outside in Music
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