The Brian Dickinson Trio

Released: January 1, 1993 Label: Jazz Inspiration

Personnel: Brian Dickinson (piano); Kieran Overs (bass); Jerry Fuller (drums).Recorded at Jazz Partners Recording Studio, Toronto, Canada on February 20 & October 11, 1992.

Dickinson is in fine form on this trio album of standards. A rather dominant musical personality, Dickinson steers the music in a direction that showcases his affinity for modern harmony, immediately evident on the very modally played “Alone Together.” Bassist Kieran Overs understands Dickinson’s direction, and provides suitable support. Dickinson pulls no punches, though, constantly prodding Overs off into new harmonic directions throughout, as is especially evident on the bass players’ solo on Oscar Pettiford’s “Blues in the Closet.” Dickinson’s playing throughout is inspired, often taking short melodic fragments and displacing them through different registers and keys to create tension. The track selection seems correctly suited to highlight Dickinson’s passionate yet harmonically complex delivery, although a certain sameness does pervade the set. Drummer Jerry Fuller reads the situation correctly, and accompanies in a light yet aggressive manner. ~ Dan Cross

1. Alone TogetherDietz / Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz4:55
2. Blues in the ClosetOscar Pettiford7:20
3. I Wish I KnewMack Gordon / Harry Warren7:50
4.Good Morning HeartacheErvin Drake / Dan Fisher / Irene Higginbotham8:55
5. Long Ago (And Far Away)Ira Gershwin / Jerome Kern7:10
6. All of YouCole Porter4:27
7. Never Let Me GoRay Evans / Jay Livingston6:32
8. Beautiful LoveHaven Gillespie / Wayne King / Egbert VanAlstyne / Victor Young7:08