If there was such a thing as free-jazz hit singles, the opening track from the Susie Ibarra Trio’s Songbird Suite would have Carson Daly and Casey Kasem counting down “Azul” for weeks, if not months. As Ibarra’s drums stay in the background, pianist Craig Taborn and violinist Jennifer Choi play the bouncy melody for an uncharacteristic upbeat event. In comparison, the remainder of Songbird Suite is less comely and dynamic than the opener, with most tracks being more subtle and with less overt melodies. “Azul” is a great track and-like a majority of the album-proves Ibarra to be an outstanding composer in addition to being an inventive percussionist.
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