Big-hearted. Upbeat. Dynamic. Unpretentious. Fun. Not after these qualities in a jazz trio? Then read no further.
Big-hearted. Upbeat. Dynamic. Unpretentious. Fun. Not after these qualities in a jazz trio? Then read no further. Ever since the 75-year-old bassist and bop pioneer began putting his own name on the marquee back in the '80s—after touring the world for decades with the Oscar Peterson Trio—Ray Brown has infused his musical mix with such qualities. For uncut finger-poppin' delight, this trio is an audio endorphin—just listen to the audience interaction. Pianist Geoff Keezer's home-cooked approach is as tasty (with super-chops when called for) as his fine trio predecessors, Gene Harris and Benny Green. Also, the gig was recorded in full-bodied Direct Stream Digital (DSD), which brings to digital sound what Brown brings to bass. Woe to the listener (or jazz radio programmer) who departs this congregation not feeling inspired.—BH