Gary Peacock Trio | Now This | ECM 2428



In the realm of the piano trio the bar is set high, and creative bassist Gary Peacock has helped raise it in the groups of Paul Bley, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett, as well as his own bands. Now This is an album with the bassist’s current trio. Powerful new versions of some Peacock classics are interspersed with recent compositions. Marc Copland and Joey Baron each contribute a tune apiece, and the group also tackles Scott La Faro’s ‘Gloria’s Step’. In this band, roles are very evenly shared, and this is an optimum context in which to appreciate the melodic invention of Peacock’s bass playing. Marc Copland always honours the needs of the compositions while bringing his harmonic imagination into play on the solo stretches, and Joey Baron supplies both drive and sensitive detail “stressing exuberance, propulsion, and colour in just the right measure” as the Ottawa Citizen noted in a review of the trio in concert.

Now This, issued in time for Gary Peacock’s 80th birthday on May 12th, sums up some of the qualities that have made the bassist an important figure in creative music. It is also Peacock’s 40th appearance on ECM.