Frank Carlberg's Tivoli Trio is one of the really great, cohesive piano trios in New York these days. Piano trio records often fall into a textural swamp — you can only listen to so many interesting sonorities before they're no longer interesting. Sooner or later you want some action. Frank's trios are always energetic and this track is no exception. The 2-and-3-note groupings disguise the underlying meter and propel the whole track forward. The piano glides over all the polyrhythms and contributes to the general insanity.
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"The Chase," from Frank Carlberg, Tivoli Trio (Red Piano Records). With John Hebert, bass and Gerald Cleaver, drums.
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