Ben Paterson

Breathing Space

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Larry Hollis, Cadence, Jan-Mar 2008

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Although they don't receive the attention that the more flamboyant often do, there's a type of Jazz musician I like to call the tradition-keepers that constantly keep the embers glowing around the root forms of this music. I wouldn't necessarily label the Ben Paterson Trio as retro but there is no denying that they are at the very least conventional in their format and presentation. All three of these relatively young men hail from Chicago and have established their credentials in the playing venues around that toddling town. Perhaps the leader is best known in the Windy City environ from his place on the piano bench with Chi-town legend Von Freeman's combo. Although he sounds like his is slowly acquiring his own signature sound, there is a large shadow with the name Bill Evans hanging over his pianistic approach. Now, just give a listen to his deliberate interpretation of "I Wish I Knew." He even retools a composition from Evans' most famous bassist, Scott La Faro's "Gloria's Step." Nestled among the well chosen standards are two Paterson writings, "I Thought You Should Know" and "Manorism" that indicate he is finding his own voice compositionally. It was great to see a title from the almost forgotten Gigi Gryce. His "Hymn To The Orient" is just one of a myriad that younger musicians need to discover and explore. Nice interplay among both sidemen, especially bassman Jake Vinsel who has many moments to shine. Fans of the classic Jazz piano trio configurations will like this one.






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