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Brad Shepik Trio: Drip

Brad Shepik has largely been associated with the skittering rhythms and shifting modes of the Mediterranean region. And for good reason: Shepik’s professional career has mostly involved ethnic-leaning ensembles like Pachora, Tridruga, and the Tiny Bell and Paradox Trios. In these settings, on such instruments as the tamboura, tres and saz, he’s honed a jazz-inflected approach to Balkan, Turkish and North African music that has no close equivalent or clear antecedent.

But Shepik has equal passion and provision for the modern mainstream, as his discography quietly attests. His last solo disc, 2001’s Short Trip (Knitting Factory), debuted a straightahead trio featuring fellow travelers Scott Colley and Tom Rainey, respectively on bass and drums. Drip seems to pick up where Trip left off, with the same personnel and focus. Like its predecessor, this disc carves a distinctive path through turf that’s already been ceaselessly trod.

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