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Chordless trio that suffuses a soulful approach with an airy aesthetic.
~~~ from Consilience Productions
New CD Release from The Vinson Valega Trio: "Consilience"
Consilience Productions is proud to announce the CD release, Consilience, by The Vinson Valega Trio. Recorded in New York City in August 2002, this trio consists of Anton Denner on saxophones and flute, Gary Wang on bass, and Vinson Valega on drums.
This recording documents a unique, chordless trio that "suffuses a soulful approach with an airy aesthetic." Because this is a "working" trio that has played together for over four years now, the music created on this recording reflects the loose and adventurous approach to standards and originals only achieved through the strong trust between these musicians.
On Consilience, Vinson, Anton, and Gary make music with a certain "flow" in mind, not only within each tune, but also from song to song. In fact, the music on this CD is almost a spontaneous suite of songs, similar to the trio's public performances. On stage, for instance, they might perform an entire set of music with no breaks between songs, where the direction of the music at that moment dictates which song comes next.
With a commitment to many different styles within jazz, these three musicians create a soundscape varied in as many textures as the diverse sources of influences running through their musical backgrounds. Jazz, funk, rock, classical, and latin all reveal themselves in one place or another on Consilience, while the overarching theme is a commitment to the rich tradition of Miles, Coltrane, and Charlie Parker.
"Consilience is a very good recording. In particular, Vinson's tune, Stumble Monk really has a spark and Andrew Hill's Black Fire has a great feel. Of course, I am partial to this trio's treatment of Secret Love, which has a good feeling and strong "Poinciana" beat that reminds me of the Ahmad Jamal trio."
~ Harold Mabern, Jr.
"Valega's trio brings a dynamic, energetic, and fertile approach" to the music and "is to be commended for the quality, seriousness, and performance on this classy recording."
"Valega finds quirky ways of laying down the groove, coloring it with subtle polyrhythms and syncopation." The trio's "familiarity with the material breeds free-flowing interplay especially between the saxophonist and the drummer."
"Valega’s drumming continually evolves, steady rhythmically but given to frequent tonal shifts which create new environments which his bandmates respond to with snap reflexes."
~ Philadelphia City Paper Online
"A typical set sees them shift between moods, using Anton Denner’s highly expressive and fluent alto and Valega’s and Gary Wang’s (bass) creative and supportive rhythm section to realize compelling and seamless transitions."
"The album is filled with energized rhythms, smooth melodic structures and understated harmonies; many of which are not only surprising, but are are also thought-provoking. There are mind-blowing solos as well as well-rounded augmentations of some of the finest composers and innovators in music. But make no mistake about this recording, The Vinson Valega Trio has put together a CD that provides their own level of concurrence; one that speaks volumes of their adaptabilities as musicians, as well as their ability to express the uniqueness of jazz as an art form."
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