With their self-titled debut album, the new trio Rhythm City showcases its pride in the eclectic, all-embracing St. Louis jazz sounds. The group brings together three giants of the city’s jazz community for the first time as a trio: pianist Ptah Williams, a local legend who has been the torchbearer of the scene for decades; master drummer Rob Silverman, whose passion for rock-jazz fusion and global influences have colored his work with Eric Marienthal, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker and Dweezil Zappa; and the in-demand bassist Larry Kornfeld, who has collaborated with the likes of Marienthal, Zappa, Jennifer Batten and David Garfield.
Rhythm City, released December 4th via Silverman’s own Autumn Hill Records, finds the trio exploring a wide-ranging and stylistically diverse songbook, including classics by jazz icons and fusion pioneers like Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk, to transformed standards, original tunes and funk favorites.
Perhaps the album’s most unexpected tune is Curtis Mayfield’s Super Fly theme “Pusherman,” a deeply funky take that grew out of Williams and Kornfeld casually discussing the film:
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