Trio Hurricane

Live at Fire in the Valley

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Live at Fire in the Valley Review

by Steve Loewy

Trio Hurricane is the late Glenn Spearman on tenor saxophone, William Parker on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums. This recording captures the group live at the second Fire in the Valley Festival. Spearman was a special kind of free-style musician, who could encapsulate the whole jazz tradition in a single chorus. He reached way back to the big-throated saxophone sounds of the 1940s, but updated them with advanced technique. You can hear a bit of Illinois Jacquet in his playing, but you can also find traces of Charles Lloyd and Archie Shepp. The five pieces found on this CD are attractively paced, with plenty of solo space for all three members of the group. The group sound is infused with the blues, although it is a modern distorted version for the '90s. This performance closed the Festival, and the crowd exploded with enthusiasm after each number. It is not hard to see why.

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