Monday, April 23, 2018

Lewis Porter, Joris Teppe & Rudy Royston - Trio Solo (UNSEEN RAIN Records 2018)

Pre-release quotes from a number of Jazz Greats for Lewis Porter's Trio Solo: "Lewis Porter and co. have put together a wonderful recording full of inspired trio excursions and beautiful solo explorations…. It's full of surprises from tune to tune that captured me completely… Bravo !!!" 
- Joe Lovano 

"Lewis and the trio really go for it on this CD. A full panorama of contemporary jazz idioms are wonderfully dealt with here and several solo piano tracks are quite interesting. Lewis is besides a great jazz scholar a wonderful pianist." 
- Dave Liebman 

"After many years as a significant jazz writer and educator, Lewis Porter is becoming an important pianist, where he investigates many styles and concepts with wit and grace." 
- Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus 

"Lewis Porter knows the tradition and lineage of jazz piano playing and has come through it with his own sound and command of the music." 
- Jerry Bergonzi 

"It is a wonderful record. Lewis has accomplished so much in so many ways of playing the piano and expressing this music. It is a compendium, all presented so beautifully. I love it." 
- The late Connie Crothers

Renowned in a variety of disciplines (author of The Coltrane biography and founder of the world’s first jazz history masters program at Rutgers), virtuoso pianist Lewis Porter steps out of his much in-demand sideman roles and offers an album of his own trio and solo performances. The trio, with double-bassist Joris Teepe and drummer Rudy Royston, perform with power and grace while Porter’s intimate piano solos range from lyrical to pointillistic in this, his auspicious debut for UNSEEN RAIN.

1. Blues For Chick 06:17
2. Chasing Lines 06:31
3. Bachiano 03:11
4. Discovery 03:37
5. Cinq Pied 05:41
6. Rachmaninoff 04:01
7. Chasing Myself 04:04
8. Rhapsody 08:20
9. Mixolydian 05:07
10. Outdoors On a Thoughtful Day 02:40
11. Crazy Blues 02:52
12. Reconnaissance 02:46
13. The End of a Love Affaire 06:15
14. Blues For Chick II 05:43

Lewis Porter, piano
Joris Teepe, double-bass
Rudy Royston, drums

Recorded at Tedesco Studio, Paramus, NJ
Mixed and mastered by Jim DeSalvo, Beanstudio, Wayne, NJ
Design by Qua’s Eye Graphics

Produced by Jack DeSalvo