Athenaeum Jazz is kicking off a terrific series of concerts for the Winter of 2012, starting out Jan. 13, with a rare West Coast appearance by the Pilc/ Moutin/ Hoenig trio, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, (1008 Wall St., La Jolla), at 7:30 p.m.
Jean-Michel Pilc is an outstanding pianist who has drawn comparisons to legends like McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor. Since moving to New York from his native France, he has played with many of the upper echelon NYC musicians — people like drummer Roy Haynes, saxophonists Michael Brecker and Dave Liebman are on his c.v.
Pilc plays the whole piano in a very creative style that ranges from deep lyricism to bombastic displays of power. He likes to stretch and sometimes deconstruct standard material past the point of easy identification.
This would be somewhat difficult in a standard piano trio--thankfully, Pilc/Moutin/Hoenig is not a typical piano trio.
Francois Moutin is a virtuoso double bassist coming out of the tradition of people like Gary Peacock, and Eddie Gomez. He's got a great, full acoustic sound, and his velocity is astonishing. He's also an active listener--therefore able to twist and turn on a dime, which this music often requires.
Ari Hoenig is one of the new generation of drummer's who have synthesized the contributions of master's like Jack DeJohnette and Tony Williams and incorporated those elements into a personal aesthetic. He's got an intricate ride cymbal dynamic--and the ability to mix it up on the rest of the kit.
The trio recently released a new CD, Threedom, which documents their approach to improvisation nicely.
The concert is unfortunately, sold-out.
Photo courtesy Jean-Michel Pilc