Charlie Haden & Paul Motian (featuring Geri Allen): Fiasco




Charlie Haden (bass) and Paul Motian (drums)


Etudes (Soul Note 121 162-2)

Buy Track


Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums), Geri Allen (piano).

Composed by Paul Motian


Recorded: New York, 1988


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

While this late '80s session lists Charlie Haden and Paul Motian as co-leaders, the essential characteristic of all of this trio's fine performances is that there is actually no musical leader at all Geri Allen, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian democratically divide their share of the "lead" about 33 and 1/3 percent of the time. And when a musician happens to be soloing, the other two improvisers are no doubt creating a playful, spontaneous support system that is as important as the solo being performed. It is no coincidence that this high-level, "share-the-lead" interaction is a major characteristic of only the finest piano trios, from Bill Evans to Keith Jarrett to Brad Mehldau. The fast-paced, Motian-penned "Fiasco" shows off the talents of all three players they remain sensitive, relaxed and free at a blistering tempo. Note how the intensity constantly raises throughout this track without an increase in volume as the musicians become more entangled, their interactive intensity is all the track needs to keep our attention.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

Tags: ·

Comments are closed.