Uri Caine Trio - Siren
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|Uri Caine [piano]
Ben Perowsky [drums]
John Hébert [bass]
||1. Tarshish |
7. Green Dolphin Street [Bronislaw Kaper]
8. Foolish Me
9. Calibrated Thickness
10. Hazy Lazy Crazy
11. Manual Defile
Compositions by Uri Caine, except 7
When music fans talk about jazz piano, then they
think about the trios of Fats Waller, Wynton Kelly, Bud Powell, Oscar
Peterson, Hampton Hawes, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, or Keith Jarrett. The
jazz piano trio seems to be the most interesting format for the audience
and also for the musicians.
This format gives to the pianist best
possibilities to interact in an excellent way with the drummer and
bassist. The colors of the different instruments can be given complete
expression. And this format offers also the best communication to
develop sophisticated harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures.
Hébert on bass and Ben Perowsky at the drums are Uri Caine's trio
partners. »Siren« is a very special album because this album is recorded
in one recording session live-to-analog-two-track by engineer Ron Saint
Germain and producer Stefan Winter. Caine has written for this trio new
original compositions and he takes full advantage of swing,
interaction, and dynamics.
The album opens with »Tarshish« in a complex rhythm structure with
2/4, 5/8, 2/4, 5/8, 4/4, 5/8, 2/4, 5/8, 2/4, 6/8 and 4/4, and continues
in 4/4, 5/4, 4/4, 5/4 and 7/8, and 4/4, 3/4, 4/4, 3/4, 3/8. »Tarshish«
grooves! Uri Caine is turning the sophisticated rhythm concept into a
thrillling dance. »Interloper« continues in 4/4.
This jazz piano trio
combines composition, rhythm and grooves with improvisation and plays
with a beautiful swing in a natural way. The title track »Siren« has a
free rhythm feel. Uri Caine opens the piece with a piano solo
introduction, after the first chorus bass and drums join him and the
bass plays the theme, the song ends in a dialogue with bass, piano and
»Crossbow« is a typical example of Uri Caine's fat swing groove.
Memories about Uri Caine's first Gustav Mahler album with the title
»Primal Light« come back to life. »Smelly« continues with an
extraordinary blues and jazz feeling and leads over to »Succubus«. Ben
Perowsky on drums opens this number and John Hébert on bass guarantees
verve and depth, after his fascinating bass solo Uri Caine ends the song
with a superb piano solo.
The seventh song of the album starts with a
free intro, turns into swing and Uri Caine introduces one of the most
famous jazz standards: »Green Dolphin Street«. Caine plays up-tempo,
swings, his »Green Dolphin Street« is a firework which leads into a
The perfect bridge to »Foolish Me«, a new composition by
Uri Caine which could be inspired by Giuseppe Verdi. Caine has an
encyclopaedic knowledge, his compositions are often inspired by the
great composers of the past. And every new composition is always a new
answer. Wolfgang Rihm – one of the great German contemporary composers
says: "Art comes from art. (...) Music arises, as an answer to music.
Wagner answers to Bach, Beethoven, Weber. Or: Schoenberg answers to
Wagner and Brahms, Boulez answers to Schoenberg and Debussy. From there,
where the challenge can be heard, own work is growing — which can turn
into a challenge on its part." With a playful lightness Caine presents
»Calibrated Thickness« and creates with »Hazy Lazy Crazy« a kind of jazz
club atmosphere. »Free Lunch« is an open interplay of forces before
Caine devotes himself to his big love of latin rhythms and music with
his composition »Manual Defile«.
Uri Caine's album »Siren« is an answer to the great jazz piano
trios. Caine is continuing a great tradition and Caine is moving forward
with respect to his musical roots.
The Uri Caine Trio »Siren« is released in the representative
Winter&Winter Deluxe-Hardcover-CD-Edition. A special release on vinyl will be available
end of 2011.