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Angel Feet

David Gordon Trio

Zah Zah ZZ CD 9819





  1. Angel Feet
  2. The Alchemist & the Catflap
  3. English Isobars
  4. I Remember You
  5. Bebop Tango
  6. Francescoís Rhumba
  7. Pavanne Tombeau
  8. Snakes & ladders
  9. Good Morning Heartache
  10. Voyage

David Gordon - Piano
Ole Rasmussen - Double Bass
Paul Cavaciuti - Drums

The David Gordon Trio which was formed in 1955 has made several tours of the UK and Denmark and both Andy Sheppard and Jaqui Dankworth have guested with them.

The fact that they had played together for 7 years when this record was made is obvious, they have an amazing empathy and unlike many musicians, their work as a unit probably exceeds to some extent the ability of each one. After all that is what jazz should be about. All three of the players are excellent musicians, but it is their collective sound that is so exciting. The recording quality is also very good, all three instruments are properly balanced to take advantage of their collective sound.

The music consists of two standards (tracks 4&9), a Kenny Barron original (track10), the other tracks being group originals. The sleeve note makes much of the classical influence which is present, together with certain Celtic Sounds, my comment is yes they are there, but they donít interfere with the jazz which is fine, this is a real jazz trio! In my experience most fusion results in confusion, but not here, these guys handle it all well and never fail to swing.

David Gordon plays clean crisp lines and comps nicely behind the excellent solos that bassist Ole Rasmussen plays, US based drummer Paul Cavaciuti is a perfect foil for the other two, I canít see how anyone else would do his job better.

A favourite track? Bebop Tango, the sleeve note says it is an imaginary meeting between Bud Powell and the great tango pianist Horacio Salgan, to me itís a great piece of jazz composition and improvisation beautifully played.

I havenít heard this trio before but I shall look out for them in future, this is an excellent record, which I recommend without reservation.

Don Mather

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