November 1st, 2009
Marc Cary’s Focus Trio – West Coasters David Ewell (bass) and Sameer Gupta (drums and tabla) – departs from Cary’s electronic and hip-hop vibes to work with an energetic acoustic palette. “Jazz is the rhythmic approach I’m coming from with Focus Trio,” Cary says.
His Focus Trio revisits the acoustic jazz vocabulary with a mix of Cary’s roots in the classic jazz idiom and of the driving rhythms that recall Cary’s acoustic-electric hip-hop crossover Indigenous People group from 1999. The trio’s music might give way to up-tempo swings, to ambient explorations, or to a recording of Langston Hughes’ “Dream Deferred.” Continue reading Earshot Jazz Festival Guide.
Photographs by Seattle photographer Michael Craft