Woods' advanced execution and uncanny ability to unfurl extraordinary phrases make him a trumpeter with whom to reckon.
Freewheeling, playful and engaging, trumpeter Kevin Woods, guitarist John Stowell and pianist Miles Black weave their way through a collection of originals by Woods & Black, and others from Jobim, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans and Harold Arlen on their debut recording. Though colleagues for many years in different configurations, the three found inspiration in collaborating as Trio Linguae (Lin-gwee) through their collective sense of conversational, contrapuntal improvising and reflexive listening - harkening the spirit of duo and trio albums by Bill Evans, Jim Hall or Kenny Wheeler. Integral to Vancouver's creative music scene, Miles Black has been a collaborator of the highest order since the '80s. John Stowell's unique musical voice and relationship to the guitar has gained him untold followers throughout the world since he began touring in the '70s, and Kevin Woods has found his place in Northwest jazz circles as an articulate improvisor and catalyst for artistic endeavors.
1 Few Regrets 4:02
2 Solo en Viento Sabe 5:02
3 Peri's Scope 4:20
4 Signals 6:29
5 My Shining Hour 5:27
6 Since Last December 8:12
7 Big T's 6:34
8 Inutil Paisagem 6:22
9 One for B.E. 7:01
10 Virgo 6:13
11 I Hear a Rhapsody 3:11
Music by (1,2,7,9) Kevin Woods; (4.6) Miles Black
(3) Bill Evans; (5) Harold Arlen; (8) AC Jobim; (10) Wayne Shorter;
Produced by Miles Black & John Stowell
Recorded by Miles Black at Carltone Studios,
Surrey, BC Canada
on June 24 & September 1, 2019
Mixed by Brian Cunningham at
Sharp Nine Studio, Bellingham, WA
Mastered by Dan Dean at
Dan Dean Productions, Mercer Island, WA
Cover photos by Shipov Oleg & John Bishop
Band photos by Leon James
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Three storied improvisers get together to play the kind of intimate, grown up jazz that was the province of Bill Evans and others back in the '50s. Trust me, if they can play with telepathy, they can play composed music with their eyes closed. A tasty set throughout, it probably helps to be a grown up or have aspirational tastes to get the most o ...
CD Hotlist (Rick Anderson)
Lots of jazz combos engage in group improvisation; very few, in my experience, do so in a way that's worth spending much time listening to–outside the confines of trad jazz, anyway. Trio Linguae (trumpeter/flugelhornist Kevin Woods, guitarist John Stowell, pianist Miles Black) is one of those very few combos. Their musical communication is such t ...
Ancient Victorys (Chris Lunn)
Stowell's guitar joins Kevin Woods' trumpet and flugelhorn and Miles Black's piano. Woods' "Few Regrets" opens with warm guitar and lyrical piano then moves into a floating mid tempo. Woods' horn is warm, low-end and lyrical moving in a very Chet Baker/Mulligan tight warmness. Guitar touches with amazing odd chords, and then the piano warmly and ly ...
Cadence (Frank Kohl)
A very pleasant surprise and joyful treat to hear this trio without bass and drums. Three of the most able-bodied, spontaneous communicators in Jazz converse through six originals and five covers. "Signals" begins with Kevin Wood's beautifully written "Few Regrets". A rubato opening with John Stowell's pristine nylon string melody statement leads t ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
The unorthodox trio of Kevin Woods on trumpet and flugelhorn, pianist Miles Black and John Stowell on steel, nylon and fretless baritone guitars makes for playful work of originals and some jazz standards. Woods and Stowell dance around "I Hear A Rhapsody" with Black waxing eloquence on Wayne Shorter's "Virgo". The three play peek-a-boo on Bill Ev ...