Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Piano Trio Journeys With Friends Home & Away
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Here's the Trio in the studio performing the powerful and playful opening track:
"Colour" is a one-day snapshot of the Anat Fort Trio that was developed over two decades. The comfort that the ensemble feels with each other is evident throughout. The music is never balky or static: instead, the music breathes naturally from the opening moments. It must be great fun to see and hear this band in concert. In the meantime, this recording is quite fine!
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Here's a surrealistic video of "The Limp":
Unlike an ensemble that has spent much of the year touring or has been a working unit for a long time, the trio of Slocum, Clayton, and Grenadier recorded after one rehearsal. Slocum gave them the material beforehand. Yet, the results are impressive. One of the drummer's strengths is that he composes excellent melodies. He also knows that his two compatriots also have strong melodic tendencies. That said, the album opener "Romulus" comes from the pen of Sufjan Stevens (the song appears on his 2003 "Greetings from Michigan" album). Grenadier makes his presence felt from the get-go playing a unaccompanied to start the song. He moves into the melody which opens the door for the piano and drums to enter. The trio captures the haunting images of the song, making it feel comfortable and original at the same time.
Matt Slocum makes music his own way. The drummer knows what he wants to "say" and is not a slave to fashionable beats, to packing the sound spectrum with extraneous clutter – in fact, "Sanctuary" stands out for its airiness, for the listener's ability to hear each instrument clearly. Kudos to his musical partners Gerald Clayton and Larry Grenadier for their excellent contributions. You may need a few listens before beginning to get a fuller picture of what Slocum is doing and that's okay. There's much to chew on here, in its own subtle ways.
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Enjoy "Consolation Prize":