Her range is inspiring, her tone is deep, her fire is irrefutable.
Live in front of an audience is how this music demands to be played, if the musicians are good enough. Ben Tyree and BT3 are way more than ‘good enough.’
Not content to draw inspiration only from his influences, Shipp finds the insight for his music from himself, an earlier version of himself as interpreted by today’s version.
Hagen constructs a gentle jazz funk, but it’s far from easy listening.
‘The Where’ is a solid step up from a level that was already high. No one should think jazz is stuck on neutral after listening to this trio, and one senses that they are just getting started.
‘Reflexology’ continues with Groder’s open-ended mastery, with a rhythm section that acts as a natural extension of its leader.
This is an album of beauty – authentic, and from the heart.
This is music that builds on the past – rather than fetishizing it.
‘Over The Honeymoon’ glows as much as it grooves.
“Cream,” Baker says dismissively, “was nearly 50 years ago.”