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"Live In Europe" is an excellent addition to the other recordings by the Fred Hersch Trio - the program rivals 2014's "Floating" as one of this ensemble's best. If you love the music this group makes, you'll buy the album with or without my recommendation. If you have never heard Messrs. Hersch, Hébert, and McPherson live or on CD, wait no longer - this is glorious music and deserves your attention!
For more information, go to www.fredhersch.com.
Here's a live take on the tune for Mr. Rollins from earlier in 2017:
"Toy Tunes" is the trio's 12th album in its career and their second for the German-based Pirouet Records. From the opening moments of "Fagen" (Goldings tune for the Steely Dan co-founder) to the gently swinging "Maybe" (from the musical "Annie"), it's clear that these three musicians are on the same wave-length. There's no clutter, you can hear each instrument clearly, and melody is king. Besides the "Annie" tune, the trio also take a delightful ramp through "I'm In The Mood For Love", pushed forward by Stewart's splendid brush work beneath the guitarist and organist sharing the melody before Bernstein takes off on a delightful solo. Goldings has active bass pedal feet and really shows his swinging side on this track.
On initial listening, "Toy Tunes" sounds a bit tame yet, if you sit and really listen, you will be rewarded. Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart are masterful artists and the musical portraits they create/play bring to mind Larry Young (in his Blue Note days). This is fun, funky, classy music that has surprising depth and warmth.
For more information, go to www.larrygoldings.com.
His latest release, "Hunters & Scavengers" (self-released), features the dynamic duo of Scott Robinson (tenor and baritone sax) and Ken Filiano (bass). With Cosgrove's muscular drumming leading the way, this trio powers through 10 pieces, all but one (Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman") credited to the three participants. There are moments when the pace is blistering, such as the aptly titled "Don't Look (Just Run)"; its fire is created by the manic bowed bass and strong cymbal work while Robinson's sax plays whirling figures.
Jeff Cosgrove gathers master musicians, does not impinge on what artists such as Scott Robinson and Ken Filiano do best, and adds his own special spices to create quite the tasty stew. There is power, intelligence, and delight at play in this music. It's challenging music for sure but the challenges reap many rewards.
For more information, go to motiansickness.bandcamp.com or jeffcosgrovemusic.com.
Here's a taste of this Trio's music: