Brad Shepik Trio – Places You Go – Songlines

by | Apr 15, 2007 | SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews | 0 comments

Brad Shepik Trio – Places You Go – Songlines Multichannel SACD SGL SA1562-2, 57:28 ***1/2:

(Brad Shepik, guitar; Gary Versace, Hammond B-3; Tom Rainey, drums)

This may be the typical B-3 organ trio complement, but don’t expect these white guys to sound like the blusey/funky organ trio you might find on Fillmore Street in San Francisco or similar clubs. All ten tracks are originals, by – I presume since there is no identification of this – guitarist Shepik. They are not atonal free jazz but usually avoid good melodies like much modern jazz today.  My favorite was Batur, which uses the pentatonic scale and structure of Indonesian music. The album title comes from a children’s book.

Shepik delivers a nice minimally-electronic guitar sound, and Versace is a master of the B-3 (heard him in person not long ago). That makes for a good balance since there’s enough electronica in the sounds of the B-3. Versace comes up with some interesting timbres that one doesn’t often hear on B-3 recordings. Drummer Rainey has good taste in his rhythm-keeping and doesn’t override the other two musicians as with many jazz trios. The surround mix is OK, but some may find the two-channel option more transparent sounding.

TrackList: Temoin, Air, Return, Crossing, Five and Dime, The South, As Was, Frozen, Batur, Tides

– John Henry

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