Jeb Bishop

Jeb Bishop Trio

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Chicago's Okkadisk label presents another album filled with a refreshing variety of material from fiery and skilled players. The Jeb Bishop Trio consists of bassist Kent Kessler, drummer Tim Mulvenna, and the leader and trombonist Jeb Bishop, three Chicago-based musicians with an open-minded approach to jazz and improvisation. All bring a depth of experience that is surprising, considering the fact that they're regarded as being of the "younger generation." Each also has found his own voice and instrumental style, and they come together on this album in a strong display of what all of the hype regarding Chicago is about. Bishop, Kessler, and Mulvenna travel from the slightly wistful, mourning nostalgia of "Nomads," which has prominent moments of bass and trombone brilliance, to the straight-ahead cymbal ride and bass walk in "Anticipation of an Embrace," to the synchronized, lengthy, and grooving phrases that book-end sections of unraveling in "Cryptic Remark." Jeb Bishop Trio is a well-done, excellent listen with strong soloing by all.

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