Half Notes: Danny Fox Trio – The One Constant (2011)

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Growing up in Manhattan down the street from famed bassist Bob Crnashaw gave pianist Danny Fox a rich education in jazz that the great music conservatories in the Northeast just can’t quite match. But Fox’s deep interest in classical music shaped his conception of jazz as well and both of those backgrounds come to the fore in his trio’s debut’s release, The One Constant. A heady mixture of both worlds, Fox with Chris van Voorst van Beest (bass) and Max Goldman (drums) create motifs, rhythmic structures and chords not native to jazz, but the spontaneity and energy they apply to Fox’s originals is very much in the jazz spirit. Moreover, the unpredictability of not knowing what lurks around the corner of each song makes for a listening adventure: “Fable’s End,” performed live in video below, provides a great example of this challenging but satisfying style.

The thoughtful, classically influenced, darker melodies of The One Constant played sharp by the Danny Fox Trio, offers proof that there is still a lot of creativity to be wrung from the tried-and-true piano trio format.

The One Constant was released June 14 by Songlines Records. Visit Danny Fox’s website.

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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