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String Trio of New York: Gut Reaction

When you think of a string trio, you anticipate chamber jazz, likely on the quiet side, with lots of air between the instruments and come-hither sonorities like ear candy.

Wrong. S3NY (as they abbreviate themselves) is dense and jagged and loud. John Lindberg strums and hammers (with the back of his bow?) the strings of his bass. Rob Thomas plucks his violin and makes it squeal. James Emery’s thrashing chords create thick washes of sound from his acoustic guitar. Effete this band is not.

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