Magical Trio 1

James Williams

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Magical Trio 1 Review

by Scott Yanow

The second of pianist James Williams' three Magical Trio releases features him interacting with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Elvin Jones on trio renditions of three of his originals (including "A Portrait of Elvin") plus four fresh standards. The spontaneous results are quite stimulating and the matchup between these masterful musicians (who do not play together very often) on the straightahead set is quite successful.

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