Chicago’s Joe Policastro Trio returns to Buffalo! Live at Seneca One Friday, November 4 at 8 pm. Catch this dynamic trio touring in support of their new album release “Sounds Unheard.”
The creative Chicago trio, the Joe Policastro Trio, honed its chops playing three times a week at a storied downtown room, Pops For Champagne, where bassist/leader/arranger/composer Policastro, guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery worked out on diverse material like the James Bond Goldfinger theme, and pop hits by The Animals, Lou Reed, BeeGees, The Police, Beatles, Springsteen and more.
Hailed by Downbeat for its “deft analysis of choice repertoire,” and by the Chicago Reader for its “diversity of approaches to all kinds of source material,” the Je Policastro Trio is a forward-thinking, Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist/composer/arranger Joe Policastro. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature draws upon a wide array of musical styles and sources while still keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic trio intact.
“Sounds Unheard 2012-2022” marks the fifth release by the band and is an assemblage of new recordings, outtakes, and unreleased material documenting the life of the trio. The nine covers and one original boast an elegance and attention to detail that makes familiar melodies come to the fore with daring and a definite sense of adventurism. Their last album, “Nothing Here Belongs” (2019), focused on the band’s captivating body of original music, whereas previous albums, “West Side Story Suite” (2013), “POPS!” (2016), and “Screen Sounds” (2017), highlighted the trio’s ability to remake unlikely songs in its own raw, highly idiosyncratic fashion.
As sidemen, Joe Policastro (Pat and Debby Boone, Sheila Jordan, Phil Woods, Diane Schuur), Dave Miller (Clarice Assad, Patricia Barber, Algernon), and Mikel Avery (Joshua Abrams, Theaster Gates, Rob Mazurek) have shared the stage with a wide array of musicians but dedicate collectively to this trio. Whether highlighting the original music of its members, re-contextualizing modern music, or performing jazz classics of the likes of Thelonious Monk, Chico Hamilton, or Charles Lloyd, the trio readily displays its singular approach, sound, texture, and simultaneity.
“…a cohesive unit with an extraordinarily flexible mindset…at every step of the way, this band breathes and bends as one.” (Dan Billawsky, All About Jazz)
“Unpredictable and sometimes eccentric…each listen…reveals more surprises.” (Scott Yanow, JAZZIZ)
“Their deep understanding of each other and deft analysis of choice repertoire repays repeat and close listening.” (Michael Jackson, Downbeat)
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