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Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Prairie Modern (Chronograph Records)




Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Prairie Modern (Chronograph Records)
Cd Reviews April 3, 2014

04/03/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Prairie Modern (Chronograph Records)

A Canadian jazz all-star team of sorts, this (usually) trio features upright bassist Kodi Hutchison, whose resumé-ready co-conspirators include Owen Howard, PJ Perry and the Calgary Philharmonic. Pianist Chris Andrew is a newer fixture in the scene, his vision and approach mainly focusing on sparseness and syncopation. As he’s the focus instrumentalist here, this third LP from the trio exudes a sense of upbeat loneliness peppered with matter-of-fact dinner-club statements that are succinct and soft, really easy to settle into, divested of noise. Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin, who seems to be on half the jazz LPs that hit my desk, gets quite a bit of work here, his sax doodling modally (and a bit crazily) with a nonplussed Andrew on things like “The Realm Part II.” Like its subject, “The Wilds” storms and subsides, maneuvering from orchestral thunder to loping piano runs, eventually settling on some open space for Hutchinson to fill with ad hoc soloing — come to think of it, that’s one the few places I noticed him (the mix is sublime, but I expected Hutchinson to be a tad more prominent). A — Eric W. Saeger





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