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Performing in a double bill with Subtle Degrees on Sunday, October 7 at 9pm  at the Bluewhale

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Ches Smith - drums, vibraphone   |   Craig Taborn - piano   |    Mat Maneri - viola 

A new trio uniting three of the most innovative musicians of the current jazz scene. Their first record THE BELL was released on ECM in 2016

As Ches describes it himself: “An improvising trio that plays compositions as well; THE BELL is just that, Craig, Mat and I playing my pieces I wrote for the group.”

“His first album as a composer and bandleader on the iconic ECM label burns with a subtle heat.” (Pitchfork)

“For Smith, THE BELL was not meant to be the stepping off point for a new group but rather a one-time impromptu session. However, after he, Maneri and Taborn played live in New York, Smith realized he an opportunity to create something more lasting with this exceptional group. His written compositions are intentionally kept minimal so as to let the improvisations take center stage. The trio responds to this approach with an appealingly patient mix of empty spaces, complex phrasing and textures that play in the moment and with an organic feeling.”
(Karl Ackermann, allaboutjazz)