Artist: Negroniís Trio
Title: piano / drums / bass
Label: Universal Music Latino (63080)
Negroni's Trio CD Release - PIANO / DRUMS / BASS
Thursday, September, 30th 2004
Van Dykes Cafe (Upstairs)
846 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
TIME: Performance starts @ 9:00PM !
The newest release by Negroni's Trio, piano / drums / bass, is further evidence of the tremendous talent the bandleader-pianist-composer Jose Negroni first demonstrated on Naturaleza/Nature, his debut disc for Universal Music Latino. The virtuoso pianist integrates his incredible technical facility at the keyboard with the extraordinary percussion skills of his drummer son Nomar Negroni and the exciting modern electric and acoustic bass work of Jaime Rivera to bring together the various influences from his diverse background in Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Classical and Popular music to create a sound that is both exciting, intelligent, and immediately identifiable as all his own.
The opening Los Duendes (The Elves) draws upon the Iberian influences that inspired the popular jazz standard Spain by Chick Corea (one of the composerís admitted role models). Negroniís beautiful rich tone immediately captivates the listener to the likable lyrical line. Riveraís funky electric bass line and Nomarís tasty technique soloing over his fatherís persistent vamping reinforces the Latin feel.
Negroni's Waiting For You features manual independence and digital dexterity that places him a step above most other pianists, playing a separate counter rhythm with his left hand over the clearly articulated impressionistic melody played with his right. Rivera alternates between acoustic and electric basses, swinging straight ahead on the former and soloing soulfully on the latter and Nomarís brush fire contributes to the sense of urgency implied by the songís title. Veteran percussionist Sammy Figueroa augments the trio on Mavi. The tune, named after the traditional Puerto Rican beverage, is played as a bomba; the African influenced festive music from the island. Figueroaís congas blend with the pianistís percussive style to give the tune an authentic flavor that is further enhanced by Nomarís cowbell.
The trio's _ arrangement of the George Gershwin classic Summertime puts their own uniquely exciting stamp on the old standard. Rivera takes an electrifying bass solo after the leaderís own bluesy outing that culminates in a series of four bar exchanges between father and son on piano and drums in the tried and true jazz tradition.
Sentimental Mood, a beautiful ballad with a pastoral delicacy revealing the influence of Debussy, features the stirring sensual soprano sound of saxophonist Ed Calle. Riveraís acoustic bass and Nomar's brushes gracefully join in the dance.
The appealing samba Bougainvillea is a bright and breezy celebratory number with the tropical feel of Brazil. Red Light starts with a two and a half minute drum solo by Nomar that combines the traditional 2-3 Cuban clave rhythm of his cowbell with the modern drum and bass sound of his snare and tom toms. Another delightful, Jose Negroni melody inspired by the music of the tropics, the trio romps joyfully through the tune with Rivera contributing an exhilarating fretless electric bass solo.
Wayne Shorterís Footprints is treated to a straight ahead reading by the trio that confirms the pianist and his colleagues' credentials as extremely capable mainstream modern jazz players.
On Time settles into a tipico montuno in seven following a funky introduction. Jose puts his signature on the composition by vamping on a baroque progression on top of which Nomar solos with inspired abandon.
The date ends with a father and son collaborative composition Rev It Up!, featuring a tour de force exposition by returning guest saxophonist Ed Calle on tenor. The whole band is turned on for the finale that moves into a contemporary drum and bass mode with a rocking rhythm reminiscent of Jimi Hendrixís Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire. Negroni wrote the difficult melody testing Calleís virtuosity and the saxophonist conquers the chord changes impressively, sliding up and down his horn, superbly replicating the pianistís extended arpeggios.
Piano / drums / bass clearly proves that Negroni's trio is one of the best ensembles in music today, a uniquely personal unit that eschews the traditional concept of leader plus accompanists for a more organic approach in which the individual melodic, harmonic and rhythmic contributions of each musician are combined in a group with its own identity where the whole that is greater than the sum of its parts and has the ability to make important new contributions to the future of jazz.
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