Anthony Davis / String Trio of New York

String Trio of New York With Anthony Davis

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String Trio of New York With Anthony Davis Review

by Joel Roberts

For an ensemble associated with the avant-garde, this album of familiar Ellington, Monk, and Mingus tunes is a bit of a departure. The group is particularly adept at handling the staccato rhythms and odd phrasing of the three Monk songs here, including a lovely version of "Ruby, My Dear." Given the brooding intellectualism of some of Davis' past work, his casually swinging piano work is somewhat of a surprise. The lone original piece, a specially commissioned composition by Davis, is a slowly developing blues of sorts that never really takes off. But for its outstanding musicianship and highly original takes on some classic material, this album is strongly recommended.

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