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Philippe Lemm Trio: First Steps

In 2011, Philippe Lemm, Angelo Di Loreto and Jeff Koch met at the Manhattan School of Music and discovered almost immediately the trio had something special, that certain chemistry that is not easily defined or put into words. Thus, the Philippe Lemm Trio was born, releasing three albums, their latest titled First Steps and I have to say this has been a nice surprise. Playing on the album are Philippe Lemm (drums), Angelo Di Loreto (piano) and Jeff Koch (bass). Guests include Simon Moullier (vibes on tracks 1 and 7) and Keita Ogawa (percussion on track 5). On a sad note, this is the last album Angelo Di Loreto played on, as he passed away in 2020.

The trio really has some great chemistry which is easily heard on the opening track “The Kiln”, a groove laden light and airy track where the pace ebbs and flows through excellent piano and vibe solos. On “Mica” the sparse soundscape is highlighted with an outstanding bass solo and complex drum fills. The cymbal work on the poignant “River” is very well done along with Di Loreto’s lovely piano solo. The upbeat “Malambo”, with its slight nod to free form jazz and the pretty “Elysian Voices” where a breezy groove and outstanding bass make for more album highlights.

First Steps is a highly evolved jazz pop album that mixes superb musicianship and finely crafted melodies into one highly digestible platter. Recommended.

Track Listing:
1. The Kiln (7:00)
2. Mica (5:38)
3. River (6:02)
4. Malambo (7:19)
5. August (1:13)
6. Elysian Voices (7:57)
7. Kalief (5:22)
8. Don’t Give Up (7:16)
9. Trenke Todorke (5:47)
10. Caffeinated Souls (6:52)

Added: February 19th 2022
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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