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RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2011
Larry Gray– double bass;
John Moulder – electric & acoustic guitar;
Charles Heath – drums.
Produced by Nick Eipers and Larry Gray. Engineered by Nick Eipers.
“Gray’s trio has found a separate identity of its own, the product of an ongoing conversation among its three members... Moulder’s musicianship is matched by his protean versatility. His work runs a gamut that includes starlit jazz balladry, gothic romance (as on his own recent album Bïfrost), bebop coruscations, and slashing fusion (as a member of drummer Paul Wertico’s bands). In Gray’s trio, his improvisations marry ravishing melodies to relaxed propulsion, staking his claim within the modern guitar mainstream... Heath, a precision-tuned dynamo at the drums, leaves Gray shaking his head at “his openness to different musical idioms, but also the openness – the wideness – of his beat...” Heath is also among the most melodic drummers in modern music, giving tuneful shape to each rhythmic phrase, and he has an arranger’s ear for tone and shading ... Such qualities perfectly complement a bassist whose sensational technique, unerring taste, and seamless comp work made him a first-call sideman and invaluable soloist for the first three decades of his career – and that was before he spent a dozen years touring and recording with pianist Ramsey Lewis (from 1999-2010). The bassist left Lewis’s trio last year to concentrate on his own; as this recording suggests, that decision rests on sound logic. Streaming three crisply delineated instrumental lines into one river of sound, the album captures one of contemporary jazz’s great guitar trios, in full force and gorgeous glory.”
- Neil Tesser (from the liner notes)
To Purchase CD: www.chicagosessions.com