The Law of 3
The dividing line between Jazz and Classical music is increasingly becoming blurred - yet few have sought to blend the styles and compositions of both worlds. Rob Terry has performed and composed in both genres, and his talent lies in his ability to bridge the gap and create inspiring compositions that can appeal to a broad audience.
The 11 tracks on this second album have been written especially for piano trio; 8 of the tracks are original compositions.
The muscular original, ‘Joy’, with its powerful opening melody and uplifting central section, sets the tone for the rest of the album - lyrical compositions with tight arrangements, and freer improvisational sections that provide a window, through which the listener can glimpse the musicianship of each of the three players. The rhythmically intricate 'Seventh Heaven', demonstrates one of the hallmarks of the trio - a subtle balance between lyricism and complexity. In ‘The 25th Variation’, Rachmaninoff, Paganini and Jerome Kern are skilfully blended into a musical mash-up. So too in ‘Moonlight’, where Rob Terry combines Beethoven with Richard Rogers, and 'The Rite of Swing', an ingenious re-composition, evenly balancing Stravinsky and the jazz standard, 'On Green Dolphin Street'.
The thrilling contemporary jazz compositions and thoughtful, classically inspired arrangements throughout this album, superbly demonstrate the trio's unique style: three musicians as one - ‘The Law of 3’.
The Unexamined Life
'Meditation In Gb Major', the beautiful opening track of the trio's first album - originally from a set of piano minatures inspired by Eric Satie and Debussy - is one of Rob Terry's most intimate compositions. In this resetting, a wistful opening waltz theme is gradually transformed into pulsating uptempo Jazz. The second track on the album, 'Walking' was originally composed for piano and orchestra; Prokofiev, Latin American music, Rhythm and Blues, are blended into a colourful musical cocktail. Brimming with evocative melody, Rob Terry Trio's debut album, 'The Unexamined Life', presents a fresh approach to Jazz composition.