As I write this, Dustin, Katie, and Andrew are all on the road on their way back to Chicago, full of coffee, leftover pizza, and love! We had an absolute blast at Jazz Central last night, the band sounded killing, and Vanessa Lopez made it out with tacos and cake that were FAN-*$%&ing-TASTIC. I bought four pieces of her cake just to take home with me, I think I’m addicted.
I want to thank everyone that came out to the show and made it a fantastic night, and if you haven’t already, please go check out and download some free tracks from the Laurenzi/Ernst/Green Trio website. They are, for lack of a better word, totally amazeballs. I’m sad that they had to leave, and may be experiencing some kind of weird empty-nest-syndrome-for-friends kind of thing. Not like what your parents go through, but maybe similar to the end of Summer camp when you leave your friends and you know you won’t see them for another 8 months.
I’d like to share a couple things with you briefly about my experience this week with this group of wonderful people. First is that I found myself being more productive being around a large group of people. As I’ve posted before, I have a tendency to fall into what you might call “introvert pits”. These are not bad things as the name might imply, but they can be if I don’t have people to help me out of them. Having Andrew, Katie, and Dustin stay with us for four days made a big impact on me in a lot of positive ways though, which I am very grateful for.
The other thing I wanted to share, and I hope that this will encourage you to go check out their website, is this group’s use of space in music. To put things in better context, check out this Dave Douglas post about practicing. It has to do with knowing not only how to attack the note you’re playing, but knowing when to release it. That, for me, is exemplified in the Laurenzi/Ernst/Green Trio. Each individual and the group as a whole use space as an effective musical tool, build beautiful harmonic concepts, and weave simple but haunting melodies. If you can’t tell, I’m very much a fan of this band.
More updates to come soon, and I promise I’ll get the music player on the website fixed in the next day or so. Still not sure what’s going on with that. Check back soon!