Quite Live in Brooklyn
There's no lineup more resilient than tenor, bass and drums, as the M.O.B. Trio reminds us with this all-original set. Matt Wilson, Ohad Talmor and Bob Bowen have 2000's Loose to their credit, and they bring a similar elastic energy to their sophomore effort, featuring new music by all three. Quite Live in Brooklyn captures the intimacy and bone-dry acoustics of Barbes, the tiny Park Slope room that hosted this recording in early 2004. Jon Rosenberg's engineering brings out every detail in Bowen's rumbling low notes, Wilson's cymbal pings and snare hits and Talmor's tough and reedy lines.
The music is free yet structured, soulful and solemn, and more often than not, irrepressibly fun. "Peer Form IV," the only collectively composed piece, opens with rubato musings that ease into an unassumingly funky tempo. Talmor's "Play Some D" and "CSXY's" tap into funk as well, while Wilson's "Suspicion" is freer in form. Aside from Talmor's darkly hued "Warmer in Heaven," Bowen's two entries-"A'Hundred Dollars" and "Little Star"-are the mellowest and most lyrical numbers, although "Little Star" features some of the bassist's most audacious playing. After the jocular band member introductions, Talmor's "Brooklyn Ball" closes the disc with freebop reverie.