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Tangled Roots

Brian Trainor

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Album Review

For his second Summit CD, pianist Brian Trainor composed a loosely constructed suite made up of songs inspired by a friendship. With bassist Ricardo Ferrer and drummer Jeff Jerolamon, the trio explores this challenging music with fervor. "The Bike" suggests a heavy influence of the late Herbie Nichols in Trainor's playing. "The Dance Commences" is a seductive tango, though it was not originally conceived in that form; it is heard in two separate versions, one of which is edited. Jerolamon kicks off "The Move" with a funky drum cadence, with Trainor's daring post-bop excursion building the tension. The poignant ballad "Scars of Ironwood and Ash" is pure melancholy, packing an emotional punch. "Tangled Roots" is aptly named, with shifting tonal centers and overlapping solos challenging the listener as much as the musician. Brian Trainor's music proves to be provocative throughout the session and merits repeated listening. Highly recommended.

Biography

Born: 29 August 1950

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A melodic pianist/composer who was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Brian Trainor has loved both jazz and classical since childhood. Trainor's interest in music was greatly encouraged by his father, Francis Trainor, Sr., a singer who had a "day gig" as a meat cutter and saw to it that his son was studying classical piano as early as kindergarten. Trainor (whose influences range from Bill Evans to Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell) was still a child when he studied jazz piano with Trenton pianist...
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