The Third Time Around

Sacha Perry

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The Third Time Around Review

by Ken Dryden

Sacha Perry's third CD for Smalls continues his series of trio sessions with bassist Ari Roland and drummer Phil Stewart, with this date focusing exclusively on the pianist's originals. Featuring the leader's swirling lines complemented by Roland's dark arco bass and Stewart's driving percussion, "Lèa" is a twisting, intense bop vehicle in the style of Bud Powell, with plenty of exchanges among the musicians. The Latin undercurrent to "Monkey and Dog" is reminiscent of Horace Silver, though Perry blends elements of Powell and Thelonious Monk (the latter in the introduction). The melancholy "Farewell Brother" has a dirgelike air, contrasting with the rollicking "Chuckleheads" and the appropriately furious tempo of "Times Up." A fine pianist building upon the bop tradition, Sacha Perry deserves wider recognition.

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