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Chapter Three

by Blackman Murray Russo

Exciting new project of original material from this unique modern jazz trio with guest artist Gilad Hekselman.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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1. The Opening
4:55 $0.99
2. Greasy Spoon II
5:38 $0.99
3. Better Left Unsaid
6:11 $0.99
4. Song for William John
7:07 $0.99
5. The Bell Tolls
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6. Downwind of the Dumpster
5:30 $0.99
7. Slow Waltz to Sea
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8. Deep and Wide
4:33 $0.99
9. When Darkness Falls
6:35 $0.99
10. Only a Fool Wouldnt Love You
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Album Notes
When “The Opening” ensues on the latest release from modern jazz power trio Blackman Murray Russo, one is immediately drawn into the evocative soundscape of this unique group’s aesthetic. The only cover song on this 10-track sojourn, it lays the groundwork for the far-ranging vision of composer/pianist Alan Blackman and gives the listener it’s first hearing of guest artist Gilad Hekselman. The range of material is as wide as could be imagined, yet the singular thread of Blackman’s compositional style lends a cohesive path through these hauntingly beautiful and at times intensely passionate proceedings. From the New Orleans second line tinge of “Greasy Spoon II” to the energetic odd-metered fusion display of “Downwind of the Dumpster” to the sparse, Charlie Haden inspired ballad entitled “Only a Fool”, the ensemble’s tight interplay and sympathetic interactions are on a very high level. The addition of guitarist Hekselman and bass clarinetist Todd Marcus (heard on two tracks) round out a unique instrumentation that perfectly achieves the desired sound of Blackman’s musical vision. Highlights are the pop-leaning “Better Left Unsaid”, the ECM-inspired “When Darkness Falls” and the achingly beautiful, almost Chopin-esque “Deep and Wide”.
There is something here to draw in the casual jazz fan as well as the longtime listener. Indeed, the new normal in original jazz seems to be the wide-ranging styles and diverse grooves represented by this fine release. Following closely on the success of the CMA award -winning Coastal Suite, as heard on NPR’s JazzSet, Blackman Murray Russo have crafted their finest recording to date.



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