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Locksmith Isidore: Jason Stein/Jason Roebke/Mike Pride: Three Kinds of Happiness

Art Lange’s nearly illegible liner notes for Three Kinds of Happiness promulgate copious speculation on the meaning of the music in the third release from Locksmith Isidore, the trio led by Chicago bass clarinetist Jason Stein. A boppish tempo within the first cut, “Crayons for Sammy,” leads to a simple ride through a number of compositional mindsets that might have more to do with the inspired construct of the music than with what it means.

Stein is a formalist. That is a determining factor behind his pure tones, clean lines, the ease with which he creates incredible figures on his instrument, and his choice for accompaniment in bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Mike Pride, who are both equally precise and adept at holding on to their places in the stream as well as fulfilling their roles in the trio.

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