Corpulent has seven tracks, some of them composed by saxophonist Gary Thomas, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Devin Gray. There are also some collective improvisations or spontaneous compositions by this trio.
Corpulent is generous but not heavy on styles, going from punky "Who’s in Control?" crossing through Gray’s "Slow Bluuesss" and ballading on Grip’s "Ingen Dalig Kappa Att Axla." "Used to Be (V+D)" pushes the musicians to explore the free areas. A professional spirit and generosity is felt with this recording. These men can switch back and forth between all the different styles and forms of jazz.
Gary Thomas is an original, with his particular voice characterized by sharp contours. In this release Thomas is versatile and of high quality. Gary has played with Wallace Roney, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, and Miles Davis. Very often compared with the greats, Thomas achieves to express himself in a very personal way from post bop to adding new creative elements in his blues and fusion jazz, but without touching enough avant garde.
Thomas is in a definite serious groove and Devin Grey is amazing with his commanding mastery of the drums. He pushes his cymbals softly and splashes fire from his sticks. Grip plays the bass with extraordinary skill and facility. His solos are gorgeous, he really has whole parts of the string swing tradition under his fingers.
Corpulent is a powerful and strong jazz trio that swings all over the seven tracks, creative and with a wide vision into the future.