Review: Dan Weiss Trio

Jazz drummer Dan Weiss "covers" David Mamet and shows off his compositional savvy.

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

Pianist Vijay Iyer turned heads by reinterpreting M.I.A. on Historicity, last year's most widely acclaimed jazz album. Chances are, the uncanny cover gambit on Timshel—"Always Be Closing," in which drummer-composer Dan Weiss sets dialogue from David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross to music—won't generate quite the same buzz. That's just as well, because this record is otherwise gimmick-free—a subtle showcase of Weiss's moody compositional gifts. A more pretentious artist might have labeled lengthy, multipart pieces like "Stephanie" and "Timshel" ("thou mayest" in Hebrew) as suites and turned in accordingly stilted performances. Instead, Weiss, pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Thomas Morgan perform as if it were second nature for jazz to sound both structurally intricate and emotionally resonant.

Dan Weiss Trio plays the Jazz Gallery Sat 20.

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