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CD Review: “Tim Dvorkin Trio – Live & 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.
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