Danny Fox Trio
Hot Cup Records
Though it's been jazz, jazz, jazz, the last month or so here at City Newspaper, before I dive head long into some punk rock therapy, I have to tell you about this new Danny Fox Trio album "Wide Eyed." Reminiscent of the Love Trio in its frivolity — Danny Fox Trio hails from New York as well — Fox doesn't merely sit and play the piano, he brandishes it as it dominates his trio with subtlety and beauty abound.
Fox is a languid, fluid player with very few chops that hint at safety or caution. He lets fly dynamically in the music's multitudinous subtle and gray areas. There's no unnecessary drama here even when he plays the cracks between the cracks (a salute to Monk perhaps) on the disc's opening track, "Sterling." Tunes like "All Tolled" exhibit the trio's percussive side which, despite its repetition and attack, doesn't horse it into the boat. "Wide Eyed" is an 11-song journey or at least a delightful soundtrack to your own.