Title:               Trio

 By:                  Fonda Stevens Group - The Fonda / Stevens Group

 Released in:   2007

 Format:          CD

 Catalog No:    MW 78-2

 Price :             12 EUR

Tracklist:

1. Soon to Know (Fonda) [14:24]

2. The Search (Stevens) [07:43]

3. Andrea (Stevens) [07:48]

4. From the Source (Fonda) [10:01]

5. The Path (Fonda) [05:52]

6. Break Song (Stevens) [07:03]

 

Line-up:

Joe Fonda - double bass

Harvey Sorgen - drums

Michael Jefry Stevens - piano

 

Reviews:

 

This is the tenth disc from the great Fonda/Stevens Group, but it is the first one to feature them as a trio. This disc was recorded live at The Alchemia in Krakow, Poland in April of 2006. I was intrigued to see that this is a rare trio date for these three musicians who have been playing together for some 20+ years, but rarely as a trio. There is no leader in the trio, as each member is integral to their sound and explorations. "Soon to Know" (by Mr. Fonda) seems to feature the amazing Joe Fonda, whose bass is central to the way this trio expands and contracts and moves. There is a constant throb going on, with the piano and drums slowly swirling around him majestically. Mr. Stevens' "The Search" has a delightful theme that is difficult to forget, with Michaels' piano playing dreamy, elegant waves that fade into the distance. Joe begins "Andrea" by plucking his strings in a unique way, making way for Michael's exquisite piano - the piece is quite lovely and sublime. "From The Source" features Michael's piano playing flurries of notes as Joe holds down the center until the trio starts swirling quickly together, the tempo speeding up and slowing down together. Throughout this disc, one gets the feeling that this trio has been together for a long time since they consistently flow together as one formidable force. Joe Fonda's bass continues to blow me away as he reaches for the impossible and achieves what he strives to do. 

 

(Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery)

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