This 2006 recording includes ten Rave Tesar originals. He has a gift for both melody and creative interpretation and his music will leave you wondering why the term "Easy Listening" is restricted to too-sweet string music. From the opening "Scale Song," where the trio does wonderful things with "do-re-mi,"you will be impressed with his light touch, harmonic sensibility, and the recording quality that places you right there in the studio. There's variety: The wistful "Minor Mode" and the down-home blues, "Nobody's at Nobody's," contrast with the danceable, light-hearted "Everyone But Me" and "Have Some More" - with its drum solo and trades. "Minas" is Latin-tinged and intricate while "Someone Else's Spell" is a solemn ballad with a beautiful solo by Driscoll. Driscoll is front and center again in the intense "The Vision." "Helium" exhibits both lightness and high energy. The title chart, "You Decide" is a particularly impressive track. From the percussive opening to the last barely-sounded piano note, the trio guides the listener through a complex mystery tour.
It takes more than three players to make a trio. It also requires empathy. There's plenty of that necessary ingredient in this outstanding release.