The piano trio is the nuclear essence of jazz. Alone together piano, bass and drums provide a complete unit for a limitless range of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic textures and explorations.
Great piano trio leaders are most often pianists—Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Tommy Flanagan, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch. Sometimes drummers make great trio leaders. Roy Haynes, Jeff Hamilton, Lewis Nash and our own Arturo Stable come to mind.
Enter Willie Jones III, a consummate drummer who, over the past 20 years, has powered many a piano trio with Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Bill Charlap, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Helen Sung, and Joey Alexander among them. He’s recorded with Horace Silver, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval and Herbie Hancock. He’s worked with @exuberance alumnae Russell Malone and Elio Villafranca. ...