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John Raymond Trio

John Raymond Trio

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John Raymond Trio 

When: Fri., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $15
Though he’s part of New York’s bustling jazz scene trumpeter John Raymond hails from Minnesota, and his latest album, Real Feels (Shifting Paradigm), seeks to make those roots explicit without forsaking a deep investment in modern jazz harmony. Joined by Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan, Raymond essays the folk and pop themes he grew up with on tracks like “Amazing Grace,” “This Land Is Your Land,” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair” (though none have a particular midwestern provenance). His aesthetic is reminiscent of the strain of Americana guitarist Bill Frisell explored in the late 80s, while Hekselman’s harmonies and quasi-low end recall Frisell’s work in Paul Motian’s trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano. Not everything suggests the plains, however. There’s a skittering New Orleans funk vibe to Raymond’s “I’ll Fly Away,” and there’s no missing the traditional bebop ebullience in Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee”—the music sparkles and pulses with warmth throughout, no explanation necessary.
— Peter Margasak

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