These 9 original compositions take a different approach to the trio lineup and use of rhythms and melodies. Not having a harmonic instrument, to frame harmonies is both freeing and adventurous, and is what makes this project a real departure. Bassist Kenny Davis, (Herbie Hancock, Kevin Eubanks, Tonight Show Band, Cassandra Wilson), plays both acoustic and electric basses and compliments both songs and vision of the project. Drummer Russell "Groovemaster" Worrell, (son of the legendary Bernard "Pretty" Purdie), handles the twist and turns of the songs rhythms and arrangements with great skill and aplomb. Leader & composer Alonzo Wright, handles the saxophone and flute duties, even layering them on some tunes to add some punch and coloring.
My Favorite CD of 2015
In "Menage a Trey" Alonzo Wright with Kenny Davis and Russell Worrell have woven together a seamless flowing stream of songs that form a aural and mental picture like no other jazz/fusion CD I've bought in 2015. Wright's tone is reminiscent of Trane but in a much more subdued manner (and I say that as high praise) and with a funky early Grover Washington Jr. flavor on top. Use of both acoustic and electric bass on alternating songs and the drum stylings of Bernard "Pretty" Purdie's son Russell Worrell shows that he learned well from his pops and found his own sound while doing so.
I cannot recommend this disc highly enough. Finding an entire CD that flows like the telling of a story is rare. This is the one. Greg Randolph
Alonzo Wright saxophones and flute
Kenny Davis on bass
Russell "Groovemaster" Worrell on drums
1. Interlude: Intro
03. Left of Center
04. Anthem (For a Righteous Man)
05. Local Bebop
06. One Mo' Again
07. Boom for Real
08. Random Thoughts
09. China Rain (For Lynda)
10. Interlude: Outro