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Jim Black Trio: The Constant

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"A tripartite endeavor among equals": Jim Black Trio

The Constant is living proof that the piano trio, “the minimum complete jazz orchestra,” is still a dynamic, vital format. Granted, the band here is not exactly a piano trio. The leader, composer and auteur is the drummer, Jim Black. The bassist and pianist are Thomas Morgan and Elias Stemeseder, respectively-two of the most gifted young artists in jazz.

Bill Evans is most often credited with liberating the bassist and drummer within the piano-trio format. But Black’s ensemble takes it all the way, to a tripartite endeavor among equals.

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