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The Aperturistic Trio: Truth and Actuality

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Each member of this trio has excelled at the often-delicate task of supporting quirky, headstrong vocalists. Drummer Steve Williams spent years outlining the shadows of Shirley Horn’s capacious interpretations. Bassist Harvie S will always have his numerous duet projects with the redoubtable Sheila Jordan near the top of his résumé. And while pianist James Weidman is probably now best known for his membership in Joe Lovano’s Us Five, he also built a reputation supporting singers ranging from Abbey Lincoln to Kevin Mahogany to Cassandra Wilson.

In other words, this is an ensemble laden with big ears and acutely reactive instincts. But Weidman wanted to see what would transpire without the yoke of a dominant vocalist. He composed six of the eight songs on Truth and Actuality, all but one specifically for this date, and they contain a relaxed urbanity that invites subtle panache from a rhythm section.

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