OKB Trio, The Ing… Review
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Piano trios are one of the mainstay staples in the jazz genre, so when listening to this well-traversed instrumentation, it can at times begin to sound like the last piano trio you just heard on the list of pending releases to listen to. Thankfully, this is not the case with the OKB Trio, and acronym for the three collaborators on their debut release as a trio together. Featuring Oscar Perez (piano); Kuriko Tsugawa (bass); and Brian Woodruff (drums), each player is respectively known as first call Queens, NY players and can be found on many recordings as supporting players. Woodruff has been quite instrumental in putting Queens on the jazz map with his collaborative organization Queens Jazz OverGround. Founded in 2012 by Woodruff, Amanda Monaco, Josh Deutsch and Mark Wade, his mission is to bring focus to the flourishing jazz scene in the Queens Borough. The trio has a new album out call, The Ing…, which contains eleven tracks. That’s the short of it!
The Welcome Song
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Please Send Me Someone to Love
I Remember You
Pirouette en Dedans
Release Date: April 6, 2018
1 hour 10 minutes
The trios communicative and gentle approach with interaction is stunning. The three offer a symbiosis of agility and tenderness, all lent to the success of any given tune they are approaching, making for a superlative listen.