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E-Motion by Sai Ghose Trio

Fingers and Toes, released by Sai Ghose in 2002, was my introduction to the music of this innovative pianist/composer. Ghose is a thoughtful writer and rhythmic pianist who proves that music can be both accessible and creative. He uses bass lines and motundos to bring you in and to set a groove for his musicians in much the same way that Bill Basie, a far different pianist from another generation, did with his opening solos on those wonderful big band charts.

"E-Motion" is a rewarding successor. It contains seven varied and interesting originals and Ghose's arrangement of Luiz Bonfa's classic, "Black Orpheus." This time the trio is augmented with the saxophone of special guest Sean Barry. He uses the full range of his instrument over strong comping by Ghose on the opening "Little Monster,"a song that evokes mischief, not monsters. "Hope," again with Berry, is a Latin ballad that takes that emotion from the wish to realization. "Only to Depart" brings us peace while the title song "E-Motion" moves from solemnity to excitement. There's a lilt to "Round and Square," a touch of stride on "A Clearer Future" and plenty of swing on the closing "Until Then."

One of the magic things about jazz is that intuitive communication that goes on between players whether familiar with each other, such as the trio, or new to the group, as Barry. It's the essence of jazz and very much present in this fine CD.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sai Ghose Trio
  • CD Title: E-Motion
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Summit Records
  • Tracks: Little Monster, The Hope, Black Orpheus, Only to Depart, A Clearer Future, E-Motion, Round and Square, Until Then.
  • Musicians: Sai Ghose, piano; Jerry Wilfong, bass; Mike Connors; drums and special guest Sean Berry, saxophone.      
  • Rating: Five Stars
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