It’s no accident that Joe Zawinul’s sound is writ large throughout portions of Arc Trio: Keyboardist Scott Kinsey, best known for his work with fusion supergroups Tribal Tech and Human Element, was a protégé of the late Weather Report co-founder, and is musical director of the Zawinul Legacy Band. As such, he makes a natural partner for heavyweight bass guitarist, composer and producer Jimmy Haslip, formerly of the Yellowjackets and lately touring and recording with Jeff Lorber. Their relatively unsung partner is Hungarian drummer Gergö Borlai.
The roiling currents of African-tinged drums and percussion, and squiggly synthesizer lines of Kinsey-penned opener “Owosso” hint at Black Market-era Weather Report. The same might be said about Haslip’s “West Orange,” next up, which kicks off with slide-in synths, has the bassist delivering Jaco-like bass lines, and features impressive solo work by Steve Tavaglione on soprano sax.