ROY HAYNES TRIO
Drummer Roy Haynes is so full of youthful energy–and such a hip sartorial stylist–that it’s almost impossible to believe he turned 75 in March. But it’s true: Haynes first recorded half a century ago, with pianist Bud Powell, and since then he’s appeared on a laundry list of classic sessions so overwhelming it’d be hard to decide which to name first. Despite the role he’s played in shaping modern jazz drumming, though, Haynes has never rested on his laurels or overindulged in big-name all-star lineups, like so many mainstream jazz veterans do; he’s continued to find new contexts for his crisp, utterly swinging percussion. In 1998, Haynes formed this trio with pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci–relative youngsters at 33 and 40–and in April the group released its marvelous self-titled debut on Verve. Recorded half in the studio and half live, the album gives Haynes’s unfettered drums and trademark low, horizontal cymbals room to breathe–kudos to the engineer for bucking the current industry trend toward close miking, which sounds like putting a stethoscope to the different pieces of the kit. Perez, one of the truly exciting young pianists of our time, coaxes Latin percussion ideas from the leader on an inspired take of a lesser-known Thelonious Monk tune, “Bright Mississippi,” Chick Corea’s “Folk Song,” and a version of Pat Metheny’s “Question and Answer” (which Haynes also recorded a couple years back for Gary Burton’s Like Minds). Patitucci is in outstanding form on Miles Davis’s “Sippin’ at Bells,” trading generously with Haynes, who’s never at a loss for something interesting to say with his snare. And the live half of the CD is the better half–the players expand, expound, and interact at length–so I’m looking forward to hearing this trio in the flesh. Sunday, 5 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park; 847-266-5100. JOHN CORBETT
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael Halsband.