The tenth CD to appear on Sunjump, John Esposito
is his second trio recording with bassist Ira Coleman
and drummer Peter O'Brien
. The trio's first CD Down Blue Marlin Road" was deconstruction/reconstruction" of some of the most oft played tunes of the jazz standard repertoire. The trio also collaborated on Jeff Marx
's Treading Air...Breathing Fire
(Soluna Records) and Mitch Kessler
(Sunjump Records) and his upcoming Sunjump CD Der Erlkönig.Orisha
is a collection of ten Esposito originals. Coleman and O'Brien contribute one solo piece each. This is music with composed melodies and predetermined chord structures, although the trio moves freely, reharmonizing and shifting rhythmic levels and feels as they go. The pieces range from elegiac to exultant, performed with this trio's signature sense of spontaneous unfolding and unwavering intention.
Recorded January 9 and January 12, 2010 at NRS, Catskill, NY. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Scott Petito.
Cover art oil painting and watercolors: Ellen Troncone Esposito.