Tom Rainey Trio - Pool School
Stop the presses! This is not only one record amongst thousands, it’s
the very first with Tom Rainey’s name on the cover.
Yes, what everybody
wished for is finally happening: the drummer who piqued our common
interest behind such a variey of artists as John Abercrombie, Ray
Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Ted Curson, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Fred
Hersch, Andy Laster, Simon Nabatov, Joe Lovano, Carmen McRae, Tony
Malaby, Matthias Schubert, and Ken Werner is leading his own band, and
the music inside sounds nothing like anything recorded by Rainey as a
“Pool School” confirms that there was always a composer
handling the drumsticks: the music here may be organic, because that’s
the nature of his playing, but it’s also surprisingly elaborate,
elegant, even refined, if not in a way that can be imagined. Guitarist
Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock are both known, very much
like Rainey himself, for their ability to avoid obvious choices for
ones that suit their adventurous personalities.
If that means sounding
experimental or straight-ahead, jazz or rock-oriented - the music always
benefits from it. Take note: in years to come, this CD will be
considered a historic mark.