A year after the release of his critically-acclaimed Monk tribute album, Sphereology Volume One, Montreal pianist Andrés Vial shifts gears to release Gang of Three, a trio album consisting entirely of original compositions.
Described as a “fine jazz pianist” (Scott Yanow, The New York City Jazz Record) with an “advanced harmonic sense” (Larry Hollis, Cadence Magazine), Vial wrote nine pieces over a two-year period marked by significant life events: most importantly, becoming a father; but also returning to university to complete a Master’s degree in jazz piano performance.
This new album, his fifth as a leader, finds Vial reunited with bassist Dezron Douglas and newly collaborating with drummer Eric McPherson. Vial states, “I had such a great experience recording Monk tunes on Sphereology Volume One with Dezron. He has such a beautiful, huge sound, which is important to me because I prefer to record with everybody in the same room without isolation.”
Equally important was finding a drummer who could bring fire and intensity to the music, without overpowering the bass or piano. “I asked Dez who he would recommend, considering the way that I like to record, and that the music would be modern jazz with Latin and African elements. He suggested Eric, and I immediately agreed!” Recorded in one session on April 14, 2019, Vial was “inspired by the deep musicality and in-the-moment risk-taking that Eric and Dez brought to the music. These cats never play a song the same way twice!”
released October 4, 2019
andrés vial - piano
dezron douglas - bass
eric mcpherson - drums
recorded april 14, 2019 by ryan streber at oktaven audio,
mount vernon, ny
mixed by nicolas pétrowski at studio mixart, montreal, qc
mastered by ryan morey at greymarket mastering, montreal, qc