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Rick Germanson: You Tell Me

There is an appealing heaviness and density to Rick Germanson’s playing that represents yet another distinctive, valid approach to the infinitely variable art form of the piano trio. Very little here is suitable for late-night contemplation and consolation. Instead Germanson offers serious chops humanized by the infectious pleasure he takes in the creative pianistic process. He also compels the listener’s full attention with his thick chord voicings, irregular phrasing and fresh takes on group form.

Two factors that enhance the realization of You Tell Me are the sidemen and the recorded sound. Bassist Gerald Cannon’s groove is deep but sophisticated, and drummer Ralph Peterson is a lashing whirlwind of polyrhythms. The sound, by engineer Mike Marciano, is close-focused and dynamic.

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