Larry Gray Trio

Aug 29 - 2012
Claudia Cassidy

Chicagoan Larry Gray has been holding groups together for decades, serving as the city’s first-call bassist for visiting heavies—he’s practically a fixture at the Jazz Showcase, playing with a virtual roll call of jazz greats—and quietly leading his own elegant projects with an impressive mixture of muscle and grace. Although he’s closely aligned with post-bop he spent years as the principal bassist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and he was also chosen by drummer Jack DeJohnette to join AACM greats Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Henry Threadgill later tonight at the Pritzker Pavilion. In short, he’s a total musician, a guy who priveleges good taste and substance over genre.

Today he leads the resourceful and imaginative trio he’s been working with for the last five years featuring drummer Charles “Rick” Heath and guitarist John Moulder. As heard on its recent album 1, 2, 3… (Chicago Sessions) the band has developed into multi-limbed yet singular organism: lean, gentle, but generous in its melodic gifts and harmonic sophistication.

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