Recommended: Lesser Lakes Trio – “Burst Sessions”


Lesser Lakes Trio - "Burst Sessions"Some of my favorite authors get huge mileage out of a relatively ordinary vocabulary by focusing intently on their combinations and the cadence used to deliver them.  The set from the Lesser Lakes Trio of trumpeter Jamie Breiwick, bassist John Christensen and drummer Devin Drobka is a case in point on how to do this within a sonic medium.  There are no fireworks here and there are no outward displays of showy verbosity, but each marriage of sound is delivered with a maximum impact and possesses a real gravity when said.  The key is the patience exhibited by the trio members, utilizing just enough to create tension without overdoing it and risking the music become slow and tedious.  Even when the temperature spikes, as it does on “Don Strawberry,” the exhalations of solos are breathed out with measured deliberation.

Burst Sessions drew me from the very first notes, which isn’t something I often experience from straight-ahead recordings these days.

Your album personnel:  Jamie Breiwick (trumpet), John Christensen (bass) and Devin Drobka (drums).

This album is Self-Produced.

Listen to more album tracks on the band’s Bandcamp page.

Jazz from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin scene.

Available at:  Bandcamp

Worth noting that the album is set at Name Your Price.