Monday, October 8, 2012
Trios Live and Recorded Live
The Dan Tepfer Trio will play 2 sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. - for more information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468.
With the exception of the title track (a ballad with a melody line reminiscent of "The Alcotts" movement from Charles Ives' "The Concord Sonata" and is credited to the Trio), the group performs pieces that most people should recognize. The opening cut, Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye", begins with King creating long tones on the waterphone before Carrothers and Peterson enter, the pianist caressing the melody while the bassist lays down a simple foundation. The piece slowly develops, never going beyond a crawl, fading on the bass notes and waterphone. Ornette Coleman's oft-recorded "Lonely Woman" also moves slowly but here one hears the impressive bass counterpoint and King's active brush work. At times, the piano phrases sound like klezmer melodies then moving onto contemporary classical lines. Quiet yet intense, the track is a highlight of the CD. King really "bounces" the beat on "People Will Say We're In Love" while Peterson also pushes forward but Carrothers, who enters 70 seconds into the 3:23 cut, is no hurry as he explores the handsome melody.
Recorded in 4 hours on a March day in Minnesota, "I've Been Ringing You" is a music for a quiet night. Dave King, who can be quite a powerful player, whispers much of the time, preferring to allow the melodic work of the pianist and bassist to stand out. Well worth your time, this 38-minute gem should find a home in your soul. For more information, go to www.sunnysiderecords.com.