Two trios tear it up at The Camel

Last night at The Camel, Trio of Justice and Marcus Tenney Trio continued the venue’s weekly jazz series to an enthusiastic crowd. Even trombonist Sam Savage was there to share in the magic, and we got audio from the whole night.

Last night at The Camel, Trio of Justice and Marcus Tenney Trio continued the venue’s weekly jazz series to an enthusiastic crowd. Even trombonist Sam Savage was there to share in the magic, and we got audio from the whole night.

I’ve missed Trio of Justice. The sounds they get with their unorthodox instrumentation — trombone, tuba, drums, give or take a few odd others — are like no other. It’s as if they broke out of a brass band and then took elements of what they heard in hip hop and math rock. Trombonist Reggie Pace and tubaist/trombonist Reggie Chapman, at least, help form No BS! Brass Band but here bring an entirely new harmonic palette to the table. Devonne Harris has a crisp sensibility on drums, and he’s able to play powerfully while intuitively.

Listen to Trio of Justice’s set:


Marcus Tenney used to play trumpet exclusively (think along the lines of Freddie Hubbard’s style), but seems to only pick up his tenor saxophone these days (think Coltrane or Joe Henderson). It’s no surprise, then, that he chooses to only play his newer instrument with his trio that features drummer Harris and bassist Andrew Randazzo. Tenney takes extended solos over Henderson’s “Shade of Jade” and “Inner Urge,” Coltrane’s “A Moment’s Notice,” and Sam Rivers’s “Beatrice,” while his rhythm section urges him along.

Listen to Marcus Tenney Trio’s set:

Tuesday night Jazz @ The Camel continues next week with Scott Clark 4tet and UTV. Visit thecamel.org for more info.

Thanks to Lucas Fritz for the audio, Shaun Lilley for photos

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Dean Christesen

3 comments on Two trios tear it up at The Camel

  1. It’s like I’m actually there!

  2. BOPST on said:

    and all this time I thought jazz was dead….

  3. BOPST on said:

    and all this time I thought jazz was dead…

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