Appearing here in a double-trio lineup with bassist and drummer Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen going head-on with Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway, tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman leads the session captured on Suite for Helen F. (the "F" refers to abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler), one of the most monumental free jazz outings of recent years, a truly Mahlerian opus in seven parts lasting 107 minutes. Those familiar with earlier Perelman outings, notably on the Leo label, will be familiar with his own paintings, in which, in keeping with the kind of music he makes, pigment seethes in thick layers; colors, shapes, and textures collide; and semi-recognizable features melt into abstraction in a frenzy of creation.
Despite stints with Orchestras and duos Peterson loved the trio format best. Touring the world in the early Sixties with Ray Brown on Double Bass and Ed Thigpen on Drums the band settled in Chicago for a week long Residency, subsequently recording a four LP set of their performances. The two recordings here are considered the cream of the crop consisting of compositions from right across the 20th century along with two of Peterson's own, masterful creations. Originally released on Verve Records in 1961.
Those who consider themselves Oscar Peterson completists should be aware of The London House Sessions, a generous five-LP set that focuses exclusively on the Peterson Trio's 1961 engagement at Chicago's London House. However, completists are the only ones who would want to invest in this collection; others would be better off with individual LPs of the pianist's London House performances. One such LP is the Verve Master Edition of The Sound of the Trio, which was recorded in July 1961 and contains performances of "Tricotism," "On Green Dolphin Street," and "III Wind…
"Plays" is the debut album of Battista Lena Via Veneto Jazz, but is also and above all an album that marks a sort of "back to basics", ie to the essential dimension of the jazz trio. This work differs from previous recordings of the guitarist and composer, focusing on projects with extended and rich in organic contamination with other musical universes (remember the experience with the Plectrum Orchestra Senese and the Banda Sonora); "Plays" is configured as a return to the starting point in the musical journey of Lena (a decidedly elliptical path, which often included the composition of film scores), and as a re-taking possession of the instrument, after having concentrated years mainly on writing.
These three young Poles are known to ECM listeners worldwide for their sensitive playing in the Tomasz Stanko Quartet. In their homeland, however, they are also have a strong reputation as an autonomous group. Their first international release shows why. With a wide-open repertoire that intersperses original material with interpretations of pieces by Bjork, Wayne Shorter and Szymanowski, Wasilewski, Kurkiewicz and Miskiewicz bring something new to the piano trio tradition.