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Mark Egan: As We Speak

This intimate trio venture was in part inspired by the interplay of the Gateway trio featuring John Abercrombie, Dave Holland (Egan’s one-time teacher) and Jack DeJohnette. So for this two-CD set on Egan’s own label, the bassist recruited Abercrombie and drummer Danny Gottlieb, his playmate for over 35 years, from early Pat Metheny to the still-active Elements.

The deep and resonant sound of Egan’s fretless electric bass (Jaco Pastorious was another early teacher) is beautifully recorded, and his upfront statements of many of the themes-as well as his solos-are exquisite aural delights. Egan contributed 11 originals of varied mood and texture, while Abercrombie’s four compositions are freer and more open-ended. The standard “Alone Together” completes the program.

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