CAT # OJCCD-1923-25
1. Groove Yard 6:57 2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 3:34 3. The End Of A Love Affair 4:22 4. Scramble 3:20 5. Out Front 4:08 6. Che-Low 4:03 7. For Heaven's Sake 4:39 8. D. & D. 5:00
Of the many groups that have caused ripples on the surface of jazz and then sunk out of sight, none was more intriguing or seemed to have greater musical possibilities than The Trio. It was a cooperative group whose members poured all of their considerable abilities into creating a piano-guitar-bass group that was much more than just another wannabe Nat Cole Trio. Conceived by bassist Hal Gaylor, it was also an outlet for pianist Walter Norris and guitarist Billy Bean. The trio's intricacies were reminiscent of Cole at times but also of the Red Norvo Trio and of adventurous groups like those of Lennie Tristano. Not long after this recording, Bean disappeared into his native Philadelphia. Gaylor left jazz to become a certified drug counselor. Only Norris remains active in music. The Trio is a valuable reminder of a splendid group.
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