Phil Maturano – At Home Everywhere

You could call it a piano trio that’s led by a drummer. That’s the configuration for Phil Maturano’s At Home Everywhere (2015).

Maturano, of course, is the drummer. His accompanists appear in three combinations. The pianists are Matthew Fries and Christian Torkewitz. The bassists are Phil Palombi, Michael O’Brien and Irio O’Farrill. O’Brien performs on only one track, with Torkewitz on piano.

Wayne Shorter’s “Fee Fi Fo Fum” opens the set in easygoing fashion. Fries carries the lead during the main body, with Palombi and Maturano laying down the head-bopping groove. The song is largely a showcase for the piano, but the bass gets its moment in the spotlight, as does the drum kit. Maturano holds back until near the end, when he mixes it up during a call and response with Fries.

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