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4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near the chicken shack, 30 Jan. 2014
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If Jimmy Smith unwittingly provided a template for the organ / guitar / drums trio it’s clear that these guys have heard it only as a contrast to what they do, and while their music is far less earthy and more urbane it still possesses enough bite to captivate the ear.

The fact that the set was recorded at Visiones in New York City in July of 1996 testifies to the fact that stimulating live ‘jazz’ could be found then, although I gather it’s a lot harder to come by these days. As it turned out over the course of three nights audiences were afforded some subtle yet fiery music which rewards attention. It’s clear that they thought so too, judging by the respectful silence the music fills.

Organist Dan Wall isn’t out of any obvious school of players, and this contributes in no small part to the stand alone quality of the trio’s music. His solo on “Last Waltz” is economical and lacking in hyperbole, while on the same piece Abercrombie pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of getting an almost acoustic sound of an electric guitar.

The gradualism of “Dear Rain” is emblematic of the trio’s approach as a whole. In his intro Wall again ‘says’ nothing unnecessary, while Abercrombie, arguably one of only a handful of guitarists out there who are mindful of the instrument’s innate properties, shows the deft touch of a master string manipulator.

In closing with “Long Ago and Far Away” the trio opts for something of a standard which suits their approach more or less perfectly. Nussbaum proves what an empathetic drummer he is for this type of group, and Visiones’ patrons might have given themselves a small preen for their discernment in choosing to spend a night there. You can do the same if you put your hand in your pocket (a.k.a. punish the card) for this one.
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