The David Gordon Trio's debut CD is impressive. The leader is an aggressive pianist with a light touch; his composing skills show equal promise, especially the whimsical miniature "Czech Bounce" and the lyrical, easygoing "Mister Sam." Bassist Ole Rasmussen, a fine player who studied with the matchless Niels Pedersen, provides a strong rhythmic foundation; he's also a choice soloist and composer, contributing the melancholy ballad "Understand It" to the session. Drummer Paul Cavaciuti shows off his formidable chops in his solo introduction to Denny Zeitlin's "Carole's Garden," a long-neglected work revived with fervor. This European import is worth the extra effort to locate.
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden