2015 may well be the year of the debut release with Event Horizon as a stellar effort from the Mark Wade Trio.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Debut releases connected with improvisational music often serve as sort of a business card as the artist introduces himself. The piano trio is often predictable and finding a half dozen time tested standards is usually the norm, the artist simply phones it in and looks to the sophomore release.
Bassist Mark Wade takes a slightly more eccentric approach with only one cover and original compositions that have a myriad of meters and harmonic twists that take what might normally simply be considered a good release to that next level of enjoyment. More than a trio, this is a collective with each member contributing to Wade's lyrical vision. Comparisons to other bassists fall short as Event Horizon includes the charming ballad "Cold Spring" which pairs nicely against the more Afro-Cuban inspired "Tossed." The cover of Harold Arlen's "If I Only Had A Brain" is simply a master class in how to swing.
These are lyrically inspired conversation between three artists and not simply a soloist and a couple of after thoughts. The Mark Wade Trio should turn some heads in short order, plenty to like here!
Tracks: Jump For Joy; The Prisoner; Apogee; Singsong; Tossed; Valley And Stream; Twist In The Wind; Cold Spring; If I Only Had A Brain.
Mark The Calendar For The Release Date 02/17/15
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Piano: Tim Harrison; Bass: Mark Wade; Drums: Scott Neumann