The secret of any great piano-bass-drums trio is creating a massive sound from the three elements. These three instruments hold great potential, for soft elegies or bonkers jaunts. Get the right three players together on a piano, bass, and drum set and magic can happen, and more often than most, Ivo Neame, Jasper Høiby, and Anton Eger make magic and have been doing so for years. Yet, in all their bold compositions over the years, some have found room for more. Thus, Julian Argüelles arranged various Phronesis songs for accompaniment by the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. What resulted was The Behemoth, out now on Edition Records.
Rotem Sivan is one of my favorite guitar players. He's a nimble player and an engaging composer, and his trio including bassist haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan are gelling magnificently. The featured songs with vocalist/ukulele player Gracie Terzian are sweet little treats that pop up here and there, giving a different sort of flavor. So it's with a good deal of enthusiasm that we're looking forward to his news album, Antidote, out July 11th on Aima Records. I will undoubtedly have more to say about this very impressive addition to Sivan's body of work as Antidote's release date approaches but in the meantime, check out the preview video after the jump.
I have mobility and the continued ability to be out at night, despite my previous fears. I'm making a way at life somehow, but that's not important right now. What is important is my continued ability to make The Line-Up and to make it as good as I can make it, so here's another week of newness.
The Line-Up for 21 April 2017
Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield share not only extremely high-level improvisational ability, but also the Hudson River Valley as a home. Good news for us, as they've joined up to put together a new album, Hudson, that will be released in June. The first track, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is now available to stream at their bandcamp site. Don't go in expecting Bob Dylan's version, as (not surprisingly, given the people involved) this group deeply abstracts the tune and takes it to some wild places. Listen after the jump and get excited.
Gnosis sounds like the future. Of course, this will sound like an odd statement when time passes and fashions change -- when synthesizers phase back out of style, only to cycle back in again as styles tend to do -- but while it's hard to describe a period in a period, it's plain to see that Gnosis, the latest album from trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Haskins, is not of this time.