Kasper Villaume Trio: 117 Ditmas Avenue (2005)
Villaume and bassist Jesper Bodilsen work as a tight and complementary rhythmic sub-unit as Watts generally prods and accents the pianist's animated, right-hand single note flurries and counterbalancing chord progressions. Occasionally, the musicians kick matters into overdrive via climactic passages and emphatic soloing ventures, enhanced by the trio's in-your-face mode of attack. In addition, the digipak includes an artsy color booklet featuring photos of the studio session.
This is one of those jazz piano trio dates that rises above some of the humdrum product which often contributes to the dreaded "marketplace flooding" stigma. And it's a joyous encounter, indeed!
Track Listing: Please Enter-Tain; Dansevise; Seven Steps to Heaven; Autumn Nocturne; Conception; Toys; Caravan; I Fall in Love to Easily; Long Ago and Far Away.
Personnel: Kasper Villaume: piano; Jesper Bodilsen: bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts: drums.
Record Label: Stunt Records/Sundance Music