BRIAN ALLEN WITH TONY MALABY AND TOM RAINEY - SYNAPSE REVIEW

from Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter:

Featuring Brian Allen on trombone, Tony Malaby on tenor sax and Tom Rainey on drums.
Brian Allen left us with a fine duo disc with Reuben Radding a few months ago and now has
a new trio disc with more well-known downtown greats: the ubiquitous Tony Malaby on
tenor sax (too many bands to mention) and the distinguished and ever in-demand Tom
Rainey on drums (Tim Berne's main collaborator). Nice to hear both Tony and Tom playing
more freely than usual. Tom Rainey has this special way of spinning around the groove
and shifting the dynamics in different directions, whipping up a storm, yet he is always
centered. Since Brian's pieces are much shorter than Tim Berne's usual 10+ minutes,
circular excursions, Tom must do his thing in miniature amounts. Each member of the trio
starts off a section or piece, as the other players take their time to come in and respond.
When Tom finally hits his stride, the other two weave their lines around him. The trio
sometimes take the cautious approach as they slowly weave their lines, a few notes a time,
building together as they spaciously swirl around one another. In a blindfold test, someone
would be hard-pressed to figure out who the leader was or is. Everyone gets a chance to
stretch out in perhaps a different way than we usually hear them. An unexpectedly modest
and thoughtful trio date.- BLG
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