Monday, November 26, 2007

Review - HUTCHINSON ANDREW TRIO -- Lost But Not Forgotten

Hutchinson Andrew Trio
Finally we come to the gem of the week, with the Hutchinson Andrew Trio's sweet jazz album Lost But Not Forgotten. This is the debut recording for this Alberta trio, and hopefully it will not be their last, because they hit the ground running on this effort.
The co-leaders of the trio are Kodi Hutchinson on bass and Chris Andrew on piano, with Sandro Dominelli rounding out things on drums.
The strength of the jazz here is that the trio is wise enough to allow all three instruments their moments to shine, often allowing each to step into the spotlight at different times even within a single song. You hear that approach well on the CD's second cut Frambrough.
While a lot of jazz these days is experimental, with a lot of electronic wizardry at work twisting the genre into new sounds, the Hutchinson Andrew Trio keeps it simple. This is three accomplished musicians playing acoustic-based jazz, and playing it well. There are no bells and whistles, it's simply bare bones jazz, and that works.
Like most good jazz there are several cuts here which paint long, detailed musical pictures, music created from a huge pallet. 3 Corners of Emotion times in it at near 7:30, and seven of 10 cuts go beyond five minutes. The result is a satisfying ride into the Trio's world of jazz.
As a first recording this one is darned impressive, and jazz fans will want to check it out at
Me, I just hope they are soon back with a follow up effort.

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 21, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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