John Gross’ penchant for intimacy and wit by way of the trio format surfaces in a new group with pianist Dave Frishberg and drummer Charlie Doggett. The tenor saxophonist who startled people with his audacious avant-garde playing in Shelly Manne’s Outside quintet and the mainstream pianist who worked early on with Al Cohn and Zoot Sims meet on the common ground of an intriguing repertoire. Gross is as stimulating as ever in his calm delivery of solos that burn with convincing ideas. Frishberg is an ideal accompanist, a foil for Gross’ daring excursions, a soloist blessed with strength and whimsy.
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