Drummer Peter Donald achieved prominence as a member of John Abercrombie's pivotal quartet of the late '70s, but he dropped out of public view in the ensuing decades. This disc by the trio 3Prime marks Donald's return to the stage. The reclusive drummer is joined by bassist Abraham Laboriel and pianist Tom Ranier for a creative live set recorded at Rocco in Bel Air, CA. (It's significant that Donald's like-minded fellow drummer and friend Peter Erskine produced the outing and released it on his own Fuzzy Music label.) Laboriel and Donald each contribute a tune -- the lilting 12/8 "Moment Out of Time" and the unorthodox funk/blues workout "Snippy," respectively. Ranier pitches in with the challenging, swinging "Step Outside" and the dramatic finale, "Teach Me Your Paths." In addition, the three present their take on Jobim's "Jet Samba," Frank Rosolino's "Blue Daniel," and the well-known standards "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and "All the Things You Are." Donald's spacious and inventive drumming perfectly frames the robust efforts of Laboriel and Ranier, both of whom are career studio musicians as well as virtuosic jazzers. Laboriel plays what appears to be a hollow-body bass guitar, providing rich, rounded low-end tones.
AllMusic Review by David R. Adler