Jazz Trios - Piano, Double Bass, Drums. Favorites? Recommendations?

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  1. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal

    I am a huge fan of Jazz Trios, with piano, double bass and drums. It's my favorite formation to listen to, nowadays.

    I like other formations, I listen to them all, and i go through phases where I mostly listen to big bands, or quartets, or quintets, etc.. But lately, the Trios are taking almost all my listening time. There is something about it that gets my attention. One of them is that I can really listen to the double bass, and it has a more "complete" role in the music. And they are more intimate sessions, I think. Don't get me wrong, I love some trumpet, sax and trombone, or vibraphone, harmonica, guitar. But the Trios are more personal, close interaction between the musicians, don't you think? There's definitely something special about it.

    So, some of my favorites are:

    Michel Petrucciani, Anthony Jackson, Steve Gadd (I know, no double bass, but it's Anthony Jackson).

    Every Bill Evans Trio:
    Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian.
    Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell.
    Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette.
    Bill Evans, Teddy Kotick, Paul Motian.
    Bill Evans, Sam Jones, Philly Joe Jones.

    Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Ed Thigpen.

    Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette.

    Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard.

    Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade.

    Chick Corea, Avishai Cohen, Jeff Ballard.

    Shai Maestro, Avishai Cohen, Mark Guiliana.

    Shai Maestro, Jorge Roeder, Ziv Ravitz.

    Roy Assaf, Jorge Roeder, Ronen Itzik.

    So, what are your favorite Jazz Trios?

    Based on my choices above, can you recommend me some more? I am a little obsessed by Shai Maestro with Jorge Roeder and Ziv Ravitz. Do you know some similar Trios?

    What do you think about the Trio formation?

    Anyone here is part of a Jazz Trio? Can you post some audio or video?

    Thanks for reading. Let's share some Trio love!

    EDIT: Here is the playlist that was created in response to the replies in the thread - CF:

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  2. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I love this trio, I find their music very interesting.
  3. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    Thank you, it looks great, it's just this type of thing I'm looking for!
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  4. Wow, what a breath of fresh air. Thanks FrenchBassQC, I needed this
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  5. knirirr


    May 28, 2018
    Oxford, England
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  6. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    Uau, the list is growing quickly, I knew TB was going to provide! Thanks!
  7. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I'm partial to the Helge Lien Trio, especially their Badgers album.

    Random YT pick:

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  8. knirirr


    May 28, 2018
    Oxford, England
    No problem!

    I just thought of another favourite, though a bit older than the last one:

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  9. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    I'm gonna add two concerts of my favorite Trio, Shai Maestro, Jorge Roeder, Ziv Ravitz:

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  10. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Hypocognitive

    Apr 23, 2014

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  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Looking forward to checking out some of these trios above. No videos to add at this time, but two of my favorite trios:

    Fred Hersch, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey

    Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton
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  12. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    It's like TB is reading my mind, thanks!
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  13. LaFaro01


    Aug 27, 2018
    Though written in German you can take a look to this thread in another forum... there is an "not so uninteresting" collection of "classical jazz trios" ;)
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  14. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    Thank you!
  15. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Bad Plus!

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  16. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    I’m going to share my transcription of “Cinema G”. I mess up the tempo in the last part, but the notes are there.

    Cinéma G.png

    The PDF is attached.


    Attached Files:

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  17. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    Thank you. Happy Trio Day!
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  18. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    McCoy Tyner - Supertrios
    McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Tony Williams
    McCoy Tyner, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette

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  19. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
  20. oren


    Aug 7, 2007
    Salem, OR
    You didn’t mention the Bill Evans Trio with Chuck Israels on bass, which I like.

    There are so many fabulous piano trios!

    Lately i’ve been loving this record of John Hicks with Dwayne Burno and Victor Lewis

    Robert Glasper has a long running trio with Vicente Archer and Damion Reid

    There are a couple of albums of Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian together which are well worth listening to.

    Bill Charlap continues the tradition of exploring the great American songbook in his trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington

    McCoy Tyner’s Supertrios record has Ron Carter and Tony Williams on half and Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette on the other half. Killer!

    Hank Jones had several iterations of his Great Jazz Trio. I like this one with Buster Williams and Tony Williams

    Don’t forget the classic Ahmad Jamal Trio with the great Israel Crosby on bass and Vernel Fournier on drums
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