With these virtuoso players on the bandstand, the result was sheer magic. Revered French guitarist Romain Pilon, powerhouse drummer Brian Blade and internationally acclaimed bassist, vocalist, and composer Jeff Denson celebrate their Ridgeway Records album release “Between Two Worlds”. The recording features originals by Denson and Pilon, who met two decades ago as students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
When Denson played with Blade on a 2017 tour with Joel Harrison’s Spirit House, they clicked. “We deeply connected right away, from the first notes in the sound check,” says Denson. Denson thought of Pilon as an ideal third partner. “He’s a virtuoso player but very sensitive and very musical, the same words I would use to describe Brian.” The result is one of the most captivating new groups in jazz, a trio of players with unmistakable chops, unquestionable creativity, and probing sensitivity.
Romain Pilon - guitar, Jeff Denson - bass, and Brian Blade - drums. Images of jazz by Joseph Berg Photography.
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