A Comfortable Ride
Upper Left Trio plays a unique form of original music that pays homage to the tradition of the jazz piano trio, while looking to the future for inspiration. Incorporating elements both conventional and bold, Upper Left Trio creates a distinctive sound in which the virtuosity of the individual musician serves the song via each player's ability to hear and respond to any and all sonic events.
1. FINE LINE 5:03
2. THE START AND THE END 5:32
3. FUNZIES 3:39
4. THERE'S A SPOON IN THE SKY 5:34
5. COMPLICATIONS 5:03
6. FALLING 7:22
7. SIMPLICATE 6:26
8. TRILLIUM 5:46
9. UP AND AWAY 6:33
10. CYCLING 4:30
Recorded and mixed by BOB STARK at Kung Fu Bakery, Portland, OR
Mastered by RYAN FOSTER at Freq Mastering
Produced by STEVEN CANTOR with UPPER LEFT TRIO
Cover art by JIM KOSS
Photography by UPPER LEFT TRIO
Layout & design by JOHN BISHOP/OriginArts
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
It would be too easy to pigeonhole the Upper Left Trio as a Bad Plus wannabe. Doing so would certainly be inaccurate, as the Upper Left Trio exists at approximately the midpoint between the Oscar Peterson Trio and Medeski, Martin, and Wood. The band's debut recording, Cycling, consists of 10 well-crafted original piano trio compositions that fall c ...
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
It's hard to put the finger on what makes for a successful piano trio set. Some of jazz's bona fide great keyboard players turn in less than inspired efforts, sets that just don't hold the listener's interest for the duration of an hour of music. It's probably the worst criticism that can be made of a recording - that it just doesn't hold interest. ...
Oregonian (Lynn Darroch)
A COMFORTABLE RIDE The smorgasbord of styles under the umbrella of jazz these days -- from smooth to rough, swing to funk -- means that CD reviews must go beyond comments on purely musical qualities to consider how listeners might use the music, be it for dancing, meditation, background or stimulation. "Cycling," the first CD by the Portlan ...
Jazz Review (Roman St. James)
"Cycling", the debut release by the Upper Left Trio is an absolutely stunning CD. The piano trio is the most basic of the jazz group configurations, but its simplicity inherently increases the difficulty in producing music that is either particularly innovative or engaging, for all but the most casual jazz listener. However, with this recording th ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
From the Portland-based Upper Left Trio comes Cycling, a worthwhile debut album. The trio consists of the most basic lineup, with Clay Giberson on piano, Charlie Doggett on drums, and college music professor Jeff Leonard on bass. The sound covers the regions of contemporary jazz and some mainstream jazz sounds, equally fit for jazz radio and smooth ...
IndieMonkey (Roman St. James)
Cycling, the debut release by the Upper Left Trio, is an absolutely stunning CD. The piano trio is the most basic of the jazz group configurations, but its simplicity inherently increases the difficulty in producing music that is either particularly innovative or engaging, for all but the most casual jazz listener. However, with this recording the ...