Peter Epstein, Brad Shepik, Matt Kilmer – Lingua Franca (2005)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:47 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,03 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,19 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Songlines Recordings # SGL SA1555-2 | Genre: Jazz
Longtime friends and musical collaborators Peter Epstein and Brad Shepik both became well established on the New York scene: Shepik as an intense and committed guitarist, Epstein as an equally versatile saxman, a superb composer and performer. It was Epstein who proposed this 2005 duo collaboration with both of them contributing pieces. Shepik suggested a young drummer he knew, Matt Kilmer, to complete the trio. The result, recorded in great sounding analogue, is alternately groove-based and more meditative, timeless, often with a folky feel.
This unusual trio, comprised of altoist Peter Epstein (occasionally doubling on soprano), guitarist Brad Shepik, and percussionist Matt Kilmer, works quite well, sounding very complete. Epstein is generally melodic, Shepik’s versatility and wide range of sounds are major assets, and Kilmer keeps the backgrounds colorful. Some of the playing hints at world music and one number has a reggae rhythm, but the music overall is modern post-bop jazz, with each of the musicians being of equal importance. There are no dull or predictable moments along the way and this sparse format brings out the best in all three players. Recommended.
01. Two Door
05. Here & There
Recorded on August 24, 2003 – January 20, 2004 at Brooklyn Recording Company, Brooklyn, NY.
Pure Analogue Recording Mixed to DSD
Peter Epstein – alto and soprano sax
Brad Shepik – guitars
Matt Kilmer – percussion