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Dave Burrell Full Blown Trio ( )

Expansion
High Two ( )
Expansion by the Dave Burrell Full Blown Trio is a crash, boom, bamjazz trio recording: bass, drums &piano - pure and simply complicated. The recording is pieced together from a one day session last December, and it documents the incredible interplay/playing of bandleader/piano player/60's free-jazz-guru Dave Burrell, drummer Andrew Cyrille and bassist William Parker. Expansion is an outstanding jazz collage of pounding raw piano chord chunks, beautiful sprinting tonal lines, calculated piano flitter meanderings, bottom-end rumbling disjointed-walking jazz bass lines and expressionist/explorative drum work. And that’s just the first tune which up and jumps in your face in 13/8 time! This recording only goes on to exhaust the entire spectrum of modern contemporary jazz. The collective playing of these three musicians is kinetic, complementary and out-and-out proficient. Highlights of the recording include the title track, the frantic conversational cuts: “Double Heartbeat� and “About Face�, and the closing joyous and free piece, “Coup D’Etat�. However, the entire recording is worth, and worthy of, listening to in full. High Two’s website notes that Mr. Burrell calls Expansion his “greatest recorded work.� It shows. Without hesitation, the best jazz trio recording I have heard all year.

By L Pounds
Jan 10, 2005

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