Jeff Fuller & Friends play Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Dec. 21. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10. It is a CD release show celebrating the group’s new disc “Round & Round.”
Jeff Fuller & Friends is made up of Jeff Fuller on bass, Darren Litzie on piano, and Ben Bilello on drums. The classic jazz trio format gives rise to—and makes room for—many delightful moments of serendipitous exchange. In no small part this is due to listening—each member of the trio evidently hears the conversation as a whole while adding their own thoughts to the process. The result is an emotional, intelligent and lucid story that carries through from the first note to the last.
On their 4th CD, Jeff Fuller & Friends provide thoughtful and engaging original jazz compositions in an intimate piano trio setting. “Round & Round” features Fuller’s virtuosic bass playing, pianist Darren Litzie’s inventive improvisations, and drummer Ben Bilello’s great soloing and accompaniment. Beautifully recorded by Norman Johnson, the trio explores new territory on such compositions as “Round & Round,” “Rest, Dear,” “Sambeleza, and the classically oriented “Never So Long,” which features Fuller’s bowed upright bass. This is music made for listening, so settle back and enjoy the journey!
The trio will also work some of their jazzy versions of holiday favorites into the set.