The Drummonds

Pas de Trois

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The purpose of Pas de Trois, the highly anticipated second release from the Drummonds, was to re-create a nightclub atmosphere in the studio and feature a heavy dose of the sort of standards that would typically make up a set by Bill Evans in his heyday. The tight-knit trio comprised of drummer Billy Drummond, bassist Ray Drummond, and pianist Renee Rosnes plays several songs closely associated with Evans, including "Emily," "Haunted House," and "I Hear a Rhapsody." The title track is a waltz written by Paul Arslainian, and it boasts some of the choicest trio playing around. "You, the Night and the Music" features a great boogaloo groove that firmly locks Billy Drummond and bassist Ray Drummond in a rhythmic language that's both indelible and entertaining. Rosnes plays a dynamic piano solo that rises between their groove and clearly announces her virtuosity as a soloist. Overall, the musical storytelling of the Drummonds is prime and sustains your interest throughout the entire program. Best bets: "Pas de Trois" and "My Romance."

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