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"Now that's tight!"  I say to myself.
 
Suddenly enters Scott Latzky's colorful solo into a percussive dialogue with Lyddon at the keys.
 
Yea, that's tight.   There's nary a melodic belt-loop to loosen that tune.  And why do so anyway, fatten the masses I say! 
 
Following After You've Gone comes I'm Old Fashioned ..  Here again, the trio reveals a dialogue that displays just how well knowledge and trust between musicians can offer within the music.    No sooner has Lyddon made the introduction when bassist Tom Hubbard takes over in a solo that provides the foundation of that trust.   Hubbard explores and plucks while Latzky accompanies him, striking the cymbals with sides of the sticks.  All the while, Lyddon keeps pace knowing full well these guys have downright submerged themselves into the song.
 
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's All The Things You Are follows next, and makes for the perfect segue.   Not since Keith Jarrett's powerful rendition on Tribute have I experienced such fire in a performance such as All The Things You Are.  I'd like to think Mr. Jarrett would fancy this version as much as I.
 
The second of three original compositions is next on the menu: Meditation #1.   A collective of melody and percussion, Scott Latzky opens it up with strike of bells whereas Lyddon soon joins in, establishing the melody on piano.   Meditation #1 then drifts towards Tom Hubbard as he saws away on the bass, returning to the piano and percussion respectively.
 
Yet another familiar tune arrives to the platter: Somewhere.   But not so familiar as to say "Oh, I've heard this before."   This time new, and needed, care and affection is
the source for the tune, provided for eloquently by Tim Lyddon's trio.
 
Track 7, Wave, opens with a melodic teaser of Lyddon's on piano.  He's not yet ready to reveal what will emerge.  The piano commands your attention initially, as if assembling careful thought before speaking.  Suddenly the conversation begins between the three, and the dynamics and richness of Wave come alive.
 
The sharpness of I Remember You once again displays how tight, yet fluid a melody can be when three musicians know and trust each others' instincts.   This is a tune where it's obvious these musicians know each other, and know the song.
 
Why must all things come to an end?  Have I indulged too far, too much?   Then again, without it would there be no beginning?
 
Indeed.
 
Impromptu and Fantasy, the third in the original compositions, closes out the recording, and not without the definitive mark that says "Yea, we were here, you have heard the music, now you may know our voice and know us."
 
All three musicians, Tim Lyddon on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Scott Latzky on drums, have come together again as one entity that reveals just how dynamic an entity can be.
 
 
Dan Karcher
WBGO Jazz