Adam Birnbaum – Three of a Mind

Ambient, dynamic, charming, engaging. Those words can describe Three of a Mind (Daedelus Records, 2015) by pianist Adam Birnbaum. It’s a trio session for one of the rising stars on the New York jazz scene.

With Birnbaum are Doug Weiss on bass and Al Foster on drums.

“Binary,” one of six Birnbaum originals, is a bright, upbeat song. The leader plays freely throughout. Underneath, Foster enjoys mixing it up with rolls here, shuffles there, and Weiss is firmly engaged. About midway through, things get intense when the piano cranks up the heat, and the other instruments follow suit.

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