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Marc Cary: Trillium

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When was the last time a piano trio record grabbed you by the lapels, faced you forward, demanded you put down that cocktail and screamed “Listen!” Marc Cary’s Trillium is no mere background music. Backed by one of the best young rhythm sections in jazz-bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits-Cary’s Trillium is his finest work yet.

From the radical, slugging version of Duke Person’s “Minor League”-the trio turns it into a muscular, tense throbber-to Cary’s lush but edgy solo piano version of his mentor Abbey Lincoln’s “My Love Is You,” the keyboardist is an excellent interpreter, easily adapting others’ songs to his exploratory style.

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