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Ernie Krivda: The Art of the Trio

You can hear what Joe Lovano has heard in his fellow Cleveland tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda: a similar rough, wooly tweed tone and same fearless, questing imagination. Seven years older, Krivda has a unique jazz voice, one that has had an impact on Lovano. Maybe it’s part of a Cleveland school of tenors. Definitely, it has its charms.

This is Krivda’s first sax-bass-drums trio-he’s done sax-guitar-bass-undertaken “because the trio, with no chord instrument, demands strength of purpose and clarity of execution from the saxophonist,” he says in the notes, which unlike a lot of liner notes, are really helpful and illuminating, an indispensable guide. Drummer Ron Godale has played with him since the late 1970s, when they recorded an earlier version of their duet interplay on the arresting “Tzigine,” while bassist Peter Dominguez has gigged with Krivda since 2002.

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