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Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents (ECM)

Review of trio album from renowned bassist

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Cover of Gary Peacock Trio album "Tangents"
Gary Peacock Trio album “Tangents”

Listening to Gary Peacock makes one pine for a world where all jazz bassists are steeped in Eastern spirituality, have played with everyone from Albert Ayler to Bill Evans and live to be an agile 82.

Peacock will forever be known for the “Standards Trio,” in which he and drummer Jack DeJohnette shepherded Keith Jarrett into some of the pianist’s most lucid, complementary performances without sacrificing the depth of their own assertions. So no one should be surprised that the bassist now helms a trio of acutely kindred spirits in pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron. In the press materials for Tangents (a followup to the trio’s first recording, 2015’s Now This), Peacock marvels at their “lack of me, me, me. Everyone is listening for what the music tells you to do.”

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