Larry Bluth/Don Messina/Bill Chattin, Formations

As piano trios go, this one reaffirms the creative bedrock of an enduring jazz tradition. The fluent interplay of this trio results in ebullient swing as they explore fresh recreations of jazz standards like "All Of Me" and "Everything Happens To Me." Continuing the tradition of bebop pioneer Lennie Tristano, who recorded the first free jazz session back in 1949, this trio explores tradition as a medium for transformation. Listen to the dense and intricate variations that Larry Bluth generates out of the melodic lines of "She's Funny That Way" and you will hear why the structures of the classic American songbook remain ideal vehicles for improvisers, especially players who possess the calibre and rapport of this excellent working group. (Zinnia)