If you did not hear this trio's first album, that's okay: but I'd suggest buy them both. This is music that speaks to the creative listener, those people who enjoy when musicians take chances and leaps-of-faith the way Mike McGinnis, Art Lande, and Steve Swallow usually do and definitely do here. "Singular Awakening" shines brightly!
Here's a taste of one of the improvised tracks:
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The best "piano trios" are the ones in which the listener gets lost in the group's sound before he starts to listen to the solos. "West Coast Trio" is one of those recordings. You expect that, based on previous recordings and live gigs one may have seen and/or heard, these musicians will play well. Roberta Piket chose her companions and the material wisely and we are the beneficiaries.
For more information, go to robertajazz.com.
Here's Roberta talking about the trio, the music, and the conception:
One hopes that is just the beginning for NPO, that Meg Okura, Sam Newsome, and Jean-Michel Pilc continue to play together, to make challenging and such rewarding music. "Live at The Stone" is an aural magic show that reaches for your heart and your mind.
For more information, go to www.megokura.com.
Take the time to listen to "Pleading":