Artist: Lost Trio
Title: Boxcar Samovar
Label: Evander Music Em 016
Phillip Greenlief – saxophones
Dan Seamans – bass
Tom Hassett – drums
New studio recording by this award-winning trio, featuring compositions by Carla Bley, Grateful Dead, Phillip Greenlief, Thelonious Monk, Radiohead, Billy Strayhorn
Though every Bay Area jazz fan knows the Lost Trio, we get 'em only about once a year, so consider this 10th-anniversary epiphany an occasion. Bassist Dan Seamans' meditative introduction to Radiohead's muezzinlike "Pyramid Song" eases you into Boxcar Samovar, the trio's new masterwork; his caressing touch, coupled with phrasing that's the aural equivalent of eye contact, announces the group's philosophy. Drummer Tom Hassett flicks like chopsticks on the ride cymbal and rolls almost subliminally on the toms through tunes by Monk, Strayhorn and Carla Bley. And admirers of Mark Turner or Joe Lovano should soak up Philip Greenlief's golden tone, shaded dynamics and backlit line conception, and see if he's not blowing the most tenor of anybody right now, evoking Trane and Shepp while remaining all Greenlief.
-Greg Burk, LA Weekly
Like early Rollins, you can't be sure those outlandishly archaic or unexpected songs will work - but when you listen it all comes off with style and panache. This is great stuff.
-G. Applegate Edwards, Cadence Magazine
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