Half Notes: Tyler Summers Trio – Live at the Cellar (2010)

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by Mark Saleski

Hey, so the trio is actually a quintet. Sort of. In any event, there’s a healthy dose of telepathic interplay on this disc. I particularly like how Summers plays his soprano sax (he plays alto as well) off of David Braid’s piano on “Contemplation.” There are also long-form compositions (“Solitary Candle”) and tracks that build drama with inventive use of unison lines. “Patience” (my favorite track) is such a tune, torquing up the electricity with some exhilarating starts and stops. The back & forth between busted passages and straight ahead swing is a load of fun.

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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