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Uri Caine Trio: Siren

Steve Greenlee reviews Uri Caine's new piano trio set

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With Uri Caine, you have to expect the unexpected. The jazz-adept keyboardist plays classical music and often blends it with electronics. He’s made albums of soul, funk, jazz-electronica and even porn music. You’d never expect Uri Caine to go and make a trio record with piano, upright bass and drums.

Which is probably why he’s done just that. Siren, with bassist John Hébert and drummer Ben Perowsky, is-hard to believe-Caine’s first studio album with a traditional jazz trio since 1999. But (again) don’t expect Bill Charlap or Bill Evans or even Keith Jarrett. Caine’s iconoclasm remains intact, though tempered a bit. If the format is more restrictive than what Caine is accustomed to, aesthetically the trio roams around, from taut, soulful cohesion and near-funk grooving to free improv and straight-up swing. In fact, on a few occasions, including “Free Lunch,” atonal rumblings manage to evolve into swing.

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