Special/Signature Issues » 2013 Music Issue

5. Marcus Tenney Trio, "As You See It"




A saxophone trio is all sinew, stripped down to essentials. Every note counts and there's no space for relaxation. All of which makes the Marcus Tenney Trio's lilting dancing lines, recorded here live on a Sunday night at the Commercial Taphouse & Grill, all the more amazing. The theme alternates between angular triplets and flowing melodic lines. The players — saxophonist Tenney, drummer Devonne Harris and bassist Andrew Randazzo — are well matched in fluency and invention. The overall sound is classic Blue Note post-bop, although an opening descending line echoes, briefly and perhaps inadvertently, the melody of Frank Zappa's "King Kong." — Peter McElhinney

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