Gerry Beaudoin Trio
September 8, 2011
Collaborations are nothing new in the history of jazz. Ellington and Strayhorn, Bill Evans and Jim Hall, Stanley Turrentine and Kenny Burrell are examples of artists who pooled their talent and ideas to create memorable and moving music. The Gerry Beaudoin Trio with Harry Allen is another memorable musical experience in this jazz tradition. Meeting at a concert together in 2009 they found an instant musical camaraderie and respect for each other’s music. That turned into a recording session months later and the recording “ Gerry Beaudoin Trio: The Return with Harry Allen”is the result of a that chance meeting in 2009. The Return features trio and quartet tracks and eight Beaudoin Compositions as well as two standards. “ Harry was the perfect foil for my trio and my songs, and I knew that first night we played together. Harry comments,” Some recordings are fun to make from start to finish. This was one of them. Great guys, great musicians, great tunes. We swung the whole afternoon away.” The Gerry Beaudoin Trio features two long time players in Gerry's musical orbit, bassist Jesse Williams who has recorded and performed with musical legends such as Jay McShann,Ruth Brown, Al Kooper, John Hammond and blues icon Duke Robillard and Drummer Les Harris JR. Les has performed or recorded with jazz legends including Clark Terry, Scott Hamilton, Milt Jackson and Phil Woods. In Gerry's words " they remind me of the great rhythm sections in jazz like Percy Heath and Connie Kay, Sam Jones and Lewis Hayes and Chambers and Cobb. When I play with them I know I'll play well because they can't help but make me play at the top of my game.