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CD Review: “Tim Dvorkin Trio – Live & Raw”
by Andrew Patton on August 16, 2017

The Tim Dvorkin Trio, led by keyboardist Dvorkin with Bradley Mellen on bass and Rick Soriano on drums, has released a new live album this summer entitled Live & Raw. Recorded live by Tony Rice at a Jazz Wednesday appearance at Brothers Drake this past December, the 7 song collection highlights Dvorkin’s original fusion compositions and the well-honed interplay between the skilled instrumentalists. While four songs are brand new, three are revamped carryovers from 2015’s Live at Brothers Drake, shedding new light on the material via new arrangements and fresh performances by the group. The album is available for purchase and sampling from CD Baby here, and is also available from other digital retailers.

The album gets off to a soaring start on “Bedtime Blues,” with the rhythm section carving out a buoyant groove and Dvorkin out front with a charging melody and a wide-ranging solo. “Thelonious” follows, with Mellen laying down a thick, sultry bassline, Soriano adding a steadfast rhythm and Dvorkin putting a slinky melody on top before later accelerating across the keys. Mellen opens “Grooveland” with an extended, unaccompanied solo that twists and turns before settling into another big groove that his bandmates attack with fervor and finesse before all three unleash heartfelt passages, including some fiery breaks from Soriano. “Where Is All Your Love” slows down the proceedings for a moment and is rendered with yearning feeling, led by Dvorkin’s graceful work on the keys. “Without You” has a heavy, pensive feel before hitting a more uplifting section, all powered by Soriano’s crackling rhythms and colored by Dvorkin’s darting work on the keys. “G.B.” starts with beautifully somber piano, then Mellen jumps in with a passionate solo that leads to more sparkling work by Dvorkin that takes the song’s drama to thrilling heights. Closer “Some Like It Hot” indeed finds the group going out hot, with Dvorkin cranking out a piercing melody that gives Mellen and Soriano plenty of room to add spice, and all three make their presence felt loud and clear before they wrap up.

Live & Raw is another great-sounding portrait of the cohesive trio live, as they were meant to be heard, and offers catchy melodies and soulful grooves that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of jazz fans.

Read the full review at: http://www.jazzcolumbus.com/tim-dvorkin-trio-live-and-raw/

 
 

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CD Review: “Tim Dvorkin Trio – Live at Brothers Drake”

Pianist Tim Dvorkin and his trio, with Bradley Mellen on acoustic bass and Rick Soriano on drums, recently released a new album entitled Live at Brothers Drake. Recorded by Aaron Oakley at a Jazz Wednesday appearance by the band, these seven tracks of original compositions by Dvorkin showcase this high-flying unit in vibrant color.

Album opener “Grooveland” starts with Mellen rumbling into a groove before the band joins him and Dvorkin’s propulsive melody rockets forward. Mellen’s quieter intricate solo adds contrast, but Dvorkin soon returns with more fireworks and Soriano contributes his own sizzling solo. “G-Force” is a moodier track, with Dvorkin’s melody employing a bit of internal call-and-response before he goes searching for distant lands in his solo. “Two Moons” storms out of the gate with a thunderous groove chorus before extended solo passages from Mellen and Dvorkin and some pyrotechnics from Soriano. After a few intense numbers, the relaxed groove of “Lollipop Candy,” established by the leisurely strut of Mellen’s bassline, comes at the right moment and sets the stage for some slinky keys from Dvorkin. The darker hues of “Without You” fit the title quite well, but Soriano’s precise rhythm keeps the proceedings on course, and Dvorkin’s uplifting lead at the end of the chorus eventually propels the tune into a sunnier place. Dvorkin’s percussive, wide-ranging lead on “Some Like It Hot” marks the coming of further keyboard wizardry, and Mellen hits some of his heaviest grooves of the album in his solo, which is saying something. Album finale “Southern Jam” is an appropriate conclusion, with a menacing keyboard melody, big solos from all three players, and a fiery conclusion.

Live at Brothers Drake is a great snapshot of three fusion warriors in their element and is definitely an album you should check out.
- Andrew Patton (JazzColumbus.com)

Read the full review at:
http://www.jazzcolumbus.com/tim-dvorkin-trio-live-at-brothers-drake/

 

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