Jay Lawrence

Thermal Strut

OA2 22028

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This is the best trio to have come along in years... don't miss it!
Ric Bang / The Davis Enterprise

Veteran drummer Jay Lawrence assembles a dynamic and swinging trio to explore a set of great American music including compositions by Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Jimmy Rowles and Cole Porter among others. Often compared with Oscar Peterson and Benny Green, pianist Tamir Hendelman further defines himself with captivating solos and arrangements that showcase the deep musical affinity between Lawrence, Hendelman and bassist Lynn Seaton.


Track Listing:

1. Thermal Strut 6:25
2. Topsy 3:39
3. Tell Me A Bedtime Story 5:42
4. Love for Sale 5:00
5. Almost Summer 6:28
6. Opus de Funk 4:04
7. You Can't Do That 6:07
8. Eulogy 7:20
9. Agua de Beber 5:03
10. Peacocks 7:11

Performers:

Jay Lawrence - drums
Lynn Seaton - bass
Tamir Hendelman - piano

Production Info:

Musical Producers: Jay Lawrence / Tamir Hendelman
Executive Producer: Michael T. MacKay
Recorded at: Platinum Sound and Mastering Lab
Engineers: Barry Gibbons / Matt Cropper
Cover Art by Tracy MacEwan
Design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Thermal Strut

All About Jazz (Dr. Judith Schlesinger)
Drummer Jay Lawrence has a long and serious resume which includes teaching, composing, arranging, and working with everyone from Sammy Davis and Cher to Phil Woods and James Moody. While he's been on more than ninety recordings, this is his first as a leader -- and it's a corker. This is partly because Lawrence couldn't have chosen better sh ...

All Music Guide (Scott Yanow)
Although drummer Jay Lawrence is the leader of this trio date and bassist Lynn Seaton is excellent in support, Thermal Strut is a success primarily due to the playing of pianist Tamir Hendelman. A major pianist based in Los Angeles who works with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Hendelman is brilliant throughout the modern mainstream set, wheth ...

Jazzscene, Nov 06 (George Fendel)
No, this is not another "drum record". It's a piano trio date for Tamir Hendelman, a polished pianist who has worked extensively with the Clayton Brothers. And Tamir has his bop chops in gear with Topsy, Love For Sale and Opus De Funk. And just to prove he can play the pretty stuff, try his composition, Almost Summer, or that by Lawrence, Eulogy ...

Jazz Times (Forrest Dylan Bryant)
This lively straightahead date matches Jay Lawrences precision drumming with the graceful piano and stylish arrangements of Tamir Hendelman. The pair is exuberant on uptempo numbers and soothing on ballads, maintaining an unflappable poise throughout: The Beatles, Jobim and Herbie Hancock all get the uptown-swing treatment. The session sounds squea ...

All About Jazz (Ken Dryden)
Drummer Jay Lawrence has played with a range of pop artists and jazz musicians, though his name is probably not that well known. On Thermal Strut he is joined by seasoned bassist Lynn Seaton and the promising young pianist Tamir Hendelman (the latter who contributed many of the arrangements for this session). Lawrence clearly is a capable drummer b ...

Percussive Notes (Tom Morgan)
Anyone who loves jazz piano trio in the tradition of Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal or the Jeff Hamilton Trio will enjoy this wonderful jazz CD from drummer Jay Lawrence, a veteran of Nevada showrooms who has worked with everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. to Roy Clark and whose jazz credits include Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer and Hank Jones. The o ...

The Davis Enterprise (Ric Bang)
From the opening eight bars of the title tune, you know this will be an excellent release. Although the individual musicians in this trio aren't well known to the listening public, they are key members of the musical fraternity. And, as is becoming the norm today, all are college graduates and teachers. Jay Lawrence, the drummer and leader, ...

Cadence, Oct-Nov 2007 (Jerome Wilson)
The trio on "Thermal Strut" works together with a sense of surprise and fun. The eye-opener is pianist Tamir Hendleman who attacks the keyboard with a jaunty ferocity worthy of Horace Silver. "Topsy," "Agua De Beber," and Silver's own "Opus De Funk" all benefit from his springy touch and Jay Lawrence's rolling drum style. There are also notable slo ...

Audiophile Audition (John Henry)
Lawrence is not just a drummer but also a composer, arranger, clinician, recording artist, and has been a judge at many jazz festivals. He has performed with such names as Bob Mintzer, Eddie Daniels, Clark Terry and Phil Woods. But my main interest here was the pianist in the trio, who I had to pleasure to hear recently in person at the Newport (OR ...







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