LAGE LUND, WILL VINSON, ORLANDO le FLEMING, OWL TRIO

Like the nocturnal bird they’re named after, Owl Trio creates after-hour flights of fancy with a deceptively simple approach to making music. For their debut release, guitarist Lage Lund, saxophonist Will Vinson and bassist Orlando le Fleming take unhurried reads of standards (“I Should Care,” Coltrane’s “Dear Lord,” “From This Moment On”) with a reverential approach and keen desire to peel away any staid impressions of these songs. On them and four originals by the bassist, the trio excels at playing these tunes with affection for melody and lyricism. The musicians already knew each other well and their familiarity strikes a perfect balance between Vinson’s buttery tone, le Fleming’s rich and nimble bass and Lund’s acoustically warm fingerings. Recorded and produced by the illustrious Jimmy Katz in an abandoned Brooklyn church (the sonics are killer on this disc,) the Owl Trio obviously has a love affair with their material and though the album may not have the lilt of a bossa nova record, the trio conveys the same warmth, beauty and good feeling with their like-minded interplay and fleet performances. (11 tracks; 62 minutes) www.owltrio.com

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JAZZ IN SPACE: LAGE LUND, WILL VINSON, ORLANDO le FLEMING, OWL TRIO

Friday, October 4, 2013

LAGE LUND, WILL VINSON, ORLANDO le FLEMING, OWL TRIO

Like the nocturnal bird they’re named after, Owl Trio creates after-hour flights of fancy with a deceptively simple approach to making music. For their debut release, guitarist Lage Lund, saxophonist Will Vinson and bassist Orlando le Fleming take unhurried reads of standards (“I Should Care,” Coltrane’s “Dear Lord,” “From This Moment On”) with a reverential approach and keen desire to peel away any staid impressions of these songs. On them and four originals by the bassist, the trio excels at playing these tunes with affection for melody and lyricism. The musicians already knew each other well and their familiarity strikes a perfect balance between Vinson’s buttery tone, le Fleming’s rich and nimble bass and Lund’s acoustically warm fingerings. Recorded and produced by the illustrious Jimmy Katz in an abandoned Brooklyn church (the sonics are killer on this disc,) the Owl Trio obviously has a love affair with their material and though the album may not have the lilt of a bossa nova record, the trio conveys the same warmth, beauty and good feeling with their like-minded interplay and fleet performances. (11 tracks; 62 minutes) www.owltrio.com

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