Planet Safety: Alone Together
Planet Safety (Black Saint 121405)
Composed by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz.
Recorded: Concord, New Hampshire, 2006
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
Here is a collective trio, much like The Bad Plus, EST or Medeski Martin & Wood, where no player is the official leader. Yet the mastermind behind this project seems to be drummer Bob Gullotti, who started playing with bassist Dave Zinno back in the early 1990s. The affinity between these two musicians is obvious on this track and throughout their debut CD. The synchronicity between bass and drums is exceptional and, to some degree, the most salient virtue of this recording. Pianist Genovese dances and floats over their perfect marriage, and like a teenager at home makes his presence felt in both loud and subtle ways, yet somehow strengthens the family accord. This is a promising trio and would make a dynamic rhythm section -- I'd like to hear them matched up with a top-drawer horn player.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia