His finest outing to date - one of the top piano trio efforts of the year.
For Portland-based pianist Clay Giberson's 4th Origin release, he teams with bandmates from his earlier years in New York City, rediscovering their deep musical chemistry as they explore a set of originals and newly arranged standards. Bassist David Ambrosio's background as a composer informs his approach to the bass while Matt Garrity's drumming is both crisp and fluid. Together they churn along with an East coast intensity while Giberson completes the musical triangle with an expansive yet introspective West coast sense of sound and space.
1 IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING 9:07
2 FROM THE OUTSIDE 11:28
3 SPACETON'S APPROACH 8:00
4 TRUST 8:04
5 PASSING BY 9:03
6 SOLAR 13:49
7 BEYOND THE HORIZON 5:25
CLAY GIBERSON - piano
DAVID AMBROSIO - bass
MATT GARRITY - drums
Recorded and mixed by Bob Stark
at Kung Fu Bakery, Portland OR
August 28-29, 2007 & March 19-20, 2008
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering
Photo of Clay by Todd Bishop
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz.com (Dan McClenaghan)
There's much to be said for holding a band together over the course of years and performances and album/CD releases, honing the familiarity, comfort level and the intricacies of interplay. Think of the two great Miles Davis Quintets, or Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio. There's also a lot to be said for the one-off affairs, the freshness and spont ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
For his fourth release on Origin (not counting a handful of albums with his Upper Left Trio), pianist Clay Giberson reunited with a pair of New York accomplices to fill out a piano trio extraordinaire. The majority of the pieces are original compositions from Giberson, with the exception of the album-opening Rodgers & Hammerstein number and a stray ...
Audiophile Audition (Jan P. Dennis)
Relaxed, long-legged piano trio music of high achievement. 4-1/2 STARS If there is a criticism to be leveled at this lovely music, it is that it proceeds at such a leisurely, unhurried pace as to lull the unwary listener into complacency. But hold on. Why not just juice up one's listening acumen? Wouldn't that solve the problem? Yes, but n ...