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Cooper-Moore, Assif Tsahar and Chad Taylor make up the funky Digital Primitives.
Cooper-Moore, Assif Tsahar and Chad Taylor make up the funky Digital Primitives. courtesy of the artist
The new economy of jazz has forced many musicians to adopt a "go lean" approach; more than ever, three is a magic number. Trio recordings in jazz aren't uncommon, but the proliferation of the trinity this year makes the case that less is more. Ultimately, however, the musicians are in charge of what they create, and for some reason, they're making more and more small-ensemble recordings.
Piano trio is typically the format of choice, and there's always a fresh crop of them each year. Astute practitioners of jazz are a libertine bunch, however, and they can create ways to communicate without the comfortable harmonic buttress of a chordal instrument like the piano. Sure, 88 keys can provide an exhaustive set of choices, but sometimes the fun lies in finding a new way to say jazz without the same recommended tools.
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