An album of elegance
Rob Watkins | Augusta, Georgia United States | 12/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"mr. roberts returns to the trio format of "time and circumstance" (1997) with this wonderfully elegant album. unlike songbook albums, mr. roberts does not work through selections from duke ellington's canon, but instead explores "ellingtonia" as he sees it. the result is a restrained album full of the lyricism and soul of ellington, but partnered with the classicism of roberts. jason marsalis is developing into a fine drummer adding yet another jewel to the family crown and roland guerin is a revelation on bass with some beautiful solos. if one were to seek comparisons, this trio reminds me a great deal of bill evans later piano trios-- intellectually lyrical."
Incredible Trio Work
Marisa Muratori | Lake George, New York United States | 12/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of Robert's finest recording sessions, this album wonderfully performs a modern perspective of Duke's original work. You can hear the soulful playing of the blind pianist, and the amazing solos played between Roland Guerin and Jason Marsalis. Very tight acoustic trio work, and very much unlike the conventional trio--the bassist and the drummer share an equal part with the pianist as far as the soloing, which is superb.... This albulm is unlike his earlier work and not so accessible, all the tunes on this albulm are Robert's own. ..."
Fresh Pino Trio - It's a keeper
email@example.com | Coto de Caza, CA USA | 02/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Marcus exells on this recording. It's elegant at times, syncopated at times and just brand new and highly technical at times. Equally so are the bass and drums which are featured equitably on this recording. It's great late night or on the road music but, you might be more into the music than the road. My favorite is not a piano trio but this one definitely has become one for me. I truly think anyone who buys it will find themselves listening to it a lot. Very clean recording. Deep bass, sharp snappy drums and crisp innovative piano."