This week’s Cosmic Jazz focused on the piano trio – perhaps the essence of jazz variation. Just three instruments – piano, bass and drums – but an infinite range of possibilities. The history of the piano trio is one of a shifting change in relationship between the components: once it was the piano only that swung out the improvisation with the bass and drums just timekeepers, but now there’s usually a more balanced interaction between the three.
We played music from some of the key piano trios of the last 30 years – from the influential Chick Corea’s Blue Note masterpiece of 1968 (Now He Sings, Now He Sobs) to last month’s release from bassist Jasper Hoiby. In between we featured Bill Evans, EST, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and more.
- Chick Corea – Windows
- Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach – Fleurette Africaine
- Oscar Peterson Trio – Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars)
- Bill Evans Trio – Milestones (live)
- Bill Evans Trio – Introduction/One for Helen (live)
- Michel Camilo Trio – Nardis
- Michel Petrucciani Trio – Here’s That Rainy Day
- The Bad Plus – Smells Like Teen Spirit
- Brad Mehldau – River Man
- Keith Jarrett Trio – Autumn Leaves/Up For It (live)
- EST – Tuesday Wonderland (live)
- Robert Glasper Trio – No Worries
- Robert Mitchell Trio – Teardrop
- Phronesis – Blue Inspiration