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Steve Allee Trio : Dragonfly

Steve Allee’s tight trio with bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner always sounds like it is having a blast. Dragonfly is the perfect morning piano trio album. It will kick-start your day with optimism and energy.

Allee has done a lot of writing for TV and film, which may account for his ability to make the listener visualize his sonic subject matter. “Bus to Belmopan” vividly portrays a long trip through the mountains of Belize, the bus increasing its passenger count at every stop, in people, chickens and turkeys. (Rich Perry, usually the most inner-directed and existential of tenor saxophonists, sounds positively jaunty here, in one of two guest appearances that enhance the album.) The title track, in its flitting airiness, suggestively evokes its colorful theme.

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