are from the BIG 3 Jazz Trio (piano/bass/drums)
BIG 3 Blues Trio (guitar/bass/drums) features Marty Baumann on guitar
The Big Three Trio, WE GOT RHYTHM,
Surrey with the Fringe on Top /
I�ve Got the World on a String / Ooh Shoo Bee Doo Bee / Do Nothing Till You
Hear from Me / I Got Rhythm / Marielle / Dead
Presidents / Since I Fell for You / Ain�t the Gravy Good? / Blues for Mr.
Crab / God Bless the Child / What�ll I Do? / Dr. Jazz. 61:07.
Cocuzzi, p, el p, vcl; Previti, b; Maher, d, vcl.
SINGER/DRUMMER BIG JOE MAHER
FRONTS THE BIG 3 JAZZ TRIO .
The Big Three Trio plays Straight-Ahead Jazz through its program of
originals and standards. Theirs is a session of piano trio delights
containing much rhythmic pride. The Blues runs through everything that they
interpret. Drummer Big Joe Maher sings and propels with a loose demeanor. His
Dead Presidents tune recalls the great times that Joe Williams gave us with
Count Basie. As the trio takes I Got Rhythm for a ride, Mahers
crisp snare drum breaks into stride with power. His Blues for Mr. Crab
provides an interesting journey that drives with a Poinciana rhythmic
undercurrent. Theres no doubt that The Big Three
Trio remains grounded in tradition. Dr. Jazz explores an earlier era, while
Ooh Shoo Bee Doo Bee borrows from Dizzy Gillespie.
The Trios history lesson comes with spontaneity and grit. Each
selection finds the three artists inspired. Pianist John Cocuzzi
wrote Marielle, a timeless Blues vocal that endears
the listener intuitively. He interprets Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me at
the electric piano with the songs original sentiment, unleashing its Blues
overtones. Aint the Gravy Good? puts
both vocalists to work in a humorous escapade, while God Bless the Child is
rendered with heartfelt passion. With a recommended program of standards and
similar musical state-ments, The Big Three Trio
makes a lasting impression through its timeless
interpretations. Jim Santella