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While you wait for the new The Trio of OZ …

The Trio of Oz

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Ostensibly, this is a collection of covers celebrating what can be done with good music in the hands of a master player. So, yeah, it is indeed that, but, no, no it’s not, not really. The Trio of Oz is actually proof positive and adamantine that Rachel Z has become a forefront pianist and in such a way as may have been previously unexpected. She’s been a key adjunct for Peter Gabriel, Vertu, and others, but this disc is completely outside that realm and experience. The success of *Trio*, it may shock you to discover, has zero to do with it being a gatherum of compositions by Stone Temple Pilots, The Police, Depeche Mode, and others, and everything to do with the fact that it’s a brisk, complex, heady exposition by a keyboardist who has joined the ranks of the greats.

I’m quite serious. Being an aficionado of tribute discs and such, I was more than happy to know of this release, but jaw dropped to floor when I heard what was really therein. Amid a strong trio format (Omar Hakim on dizzying drums and Maeve Royce playing a solid trad-jazz groove-time bass a bit a la Ron Carter), Z displays a constant mode of perfection and ingenuity that will sit ECM / CTI / KUDU / Blue Note fans up in their seats. The songs sound not like chart material at all but rather as if Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans got together to create a set of stunners, gobbled up and redefined through Z’s hands.

‘Dazzling’ is hardly the word amid a snowstorm of crystalline prowess possessing infinite permutations. Hakim is obviously second seeded and carries off the task as fluently as a Jack DeJohnette might, though in a vocabulary all Omar’s own. Thus, the true rhythm section is Ms. Royce, who holds the bottom line with quiet strength, bringing in variations but ceding Z and Hakim the clear foreground. Forget all Rachel’s past achievements, which are quite impressive, because she’s her own woman now, and she sure as hell ain’t the next Suzanne Cianni or Liz Story, adeptly crushing those two fragile flowers beneath sheer daunting finesse.

Thus, sure, dig Trio for its rather unusual tributary extrapolations if ya want, ’cause that’ll get the disc through your door, but love it for its virtuosity and exquisite instrumentalism, the like of which, as I’ve denoted, you’re not going to easily re-locate save through harking back to the august.

Track List:

ALICE IN CHAINS: Angry Chair (Staley Lane Thomas)
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Sour Girl (Deleo / Deleo /Kretz / Weiland)
DUNGEN: Det Tar Tid (Ejstes Gustav)
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: I will Possess your Heart (Gibbard / Harmer / McGerr / Walla)
COLDPLAY: Lost (Berryman / Buckland / Champion / Martin)
THE KILLERS: When You were Young (Flowers / Kuening / Stoermer / Vannucci)
DEPECHE MODE: In your Room (M. Gore)
NEW ORDER: Bizarre Love Triangle (Gilbert / Hook / Morris / Summer)
MORRISSEY: There is a Light (Marr / Morrissey)
THE POLICE – King of Pain (Sting)
Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2010, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

The Trio of OZ in Russia!!!

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Check out our first gig in russia!!
igor Butman Jazz Club

Igor is a friend of Rachel’s from their early days in Boston. Back in the day,Igor used his influence to get Pat Metheney to sit in with the rachel z trio feat. bob moses at ryles’s jazz club!

Igor has been a Very strong positive force in jazz music since the late 80s and is an inspiration to all of us for overcoming incredible obstacles to play this music.

This jazz club represents a musician who creates performance opportunities not just for himself but for other musicians.

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Daft Punk features Omar Hakim,Stevie Wonder,Pharrell,on the Grammy’s

It takes robots to remind the world what a human groove can do for a song… Don’t sleep on their message on 5x Grammy winning Random Access Memories!
check out Omar’s performance at the Grammy’s

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The Trio of OZ winter tour dates

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So cool we have to list it here…

THE TRIO OF OZ
Tour: The Trio of OZ Tour
14 FEB Igor Buttman Club Moscow Russian Federation
TIME: 6:00PM.

15 FEB Igor Buttman Club Moscow Russian Federation
TIME: 6:00PM.

18 FEB Lotus Jazz Festival Bielska Zadymka Poland
TIME: 6:00PM.

19 FEB Club Parnik Ostrava Czech Republic
TIME: 6:00PM.

20 FEB Agarta Jazz Prague
Czech Republic
TIME: 6:00PM.

21 FEB Agarta Jazz Prague
Czech Republic
TIME: 6:00PM.

22 FEB L’Atelier du Moulin Paris FranceTIME: 6:00PM.
…plus manu di bango secret session

Happy 2014 !!!

Check out the new Omar Hakim website!!! Omar’s new website!…and Check out Omar on the Grammy’s with Daft Punk on Jan 26th!!!

Rachel Z will be touring with Wayne Escofferey in Jan, recording with Omar Hakim Band& TerriLyne Carrington, writing for The Trio of OZ , and preparing for the OZ Feb tour in 2014!

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DAFT PUNK feat Omar Hakim drums
26 JAN Staples Center Los Angeles United StatesTIME: 8:00PM.

Rachel Z records with Terri Lyne Carrington January 2014

Wayne Escofferey Tour2014
January 12th – Porgy & Bess – Vienna
January 13 – 14th – Ronnies Scott’s – London
January 15 – Music Inn – Rome
January 16 – Perusia – Ricomincio da tre
January 17 – The Cotton Club – Ascoli Piceno
January 18 – Jazz Club Ferrara – Ferrara
January 19 – Day off in Stockholm
January 20 – Fasching – Stockholm

THE TRIO OF OZ
Tour: The Trio of OZ Tour
14 FEB Igor Buttman Club Moscow Russian Federation
TIME: 6:00PM.

15 FEB Igor Buttman Club Moscow Russian Federation
TIME: 6:00PM.

18 FEB Lotus Jazz Festival Bielska Zadymka Poland
TIME: 6:00PM.

19 FEB Club Parnik Ostrava Czech Republic
TIME: 6:00PM.

20 FEB Agarta Jazz Prague
Czech Republic
TIME: 6:00PM.

21 FEB Agarta Jazz Prague
Czech Republic
TIME: 6:00PM.

22 FEB L’Atelier du Moulin Paris FranceTIME: 6:00PM.
…plus manu di bango secret session

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