July 2021: the trio had the pleasure of playing a few tunes with the great Wynton Marsalis at a mutual friend’s wedding. There was also a mutual feeling that we should do more together!
Delighted that TOM HOOPER is drumming with the trio, and his refinement, wit, ease, power and freedom, and the three-way connection between the players, are pushing the music to new heights, deeper depths. Watch out.
LATEST: New recording Pachyderm is recorded and being mixed right now. After the more concept-driven character of our last two CDs, this will be a whole disc of original compositions with a multitude of influences, from ecology to memory, via a tribute to Bill Evans, a little help from J.S. Bach, an Elizabethan folk song, 18th century Italian theorists, and even spin-offs from Il Filo, my concerto for accordion and guitar… plush harmony, exotic rhythms, unforgettable melodies … work in progress video here, and we’re proud to be working with double bass legend Oli Hayhurst. Our next gig is at St Giles, Oxford on 9 October 2021 – see below for details – and we hope you can come along.
THE David Gordon Trio has a unique and individual sound world, a strong pedigree and a worldwide following. Their music is characterised by searingly beautiful melodies, free-flowing improvisation and quick-fire humour. All their recordings have received rave reviews in media in the US, Japan and Europe, where they have sold more than 10,000 CDs. The trio has played festivals, radio and clubs in Europe and the UK, and collaborated with a wide variety of artists, from singer Jacqui Dankworth and saxophonists Andy Sheppard and Jerry Underwood, guitarist John Etheridge to tap-dancer/vocalist Lucy Dixon. A prize-winning composer, David’s composition for the trio Angel Feet appears in Sher Music’s ‘The European Real Book’, and he was commissioned to write a work for the trio + London Chamber Orchestra, entitled ‘Inspired by Bach’. The piece was first performed to a sold-out Cadogan Hall in London in April 2013.
‘ALEXANDER SCRIABIN’S RAGTIME BAND’ – available from mistersamrecords.com,
‘tremendous musical skill at the service of powerful emotions’ London Jazz News
‘this is one of the finest trio records I have heard in a very long time…scintillatingly well played, the sound utterly fantastic…run and buy!’ Stereopluss.no Norway
‘I absolutely love that!’ Jazz House, BBC Radio Scotland
‘On very rare occasions when listening to the first few bars of the opening track of an album you know that what you are about to hear will be immense. This was such an occasion…. [a] truly outstanding album.’ jazzviews.net
‘David Gordon is a musician of dazzling range. Here he presents a playful, ingenious, irreverent and deeply respectful reimagining of the eccentric Russian composer’s oeuvre in which Scriabin’s music is filtered through Irving Berlin, foo-de-oh-do vocals, impressionistic jazz, ambient electro, samba, and whatever else occurs to the extravagantly resourceful pianist.’ Mojo
The 14 tracks of the album celebrate the music of this great Russian piano-poet, mystic and synaesthete with jazz interpretations of some of his exquisite piano miniatures, alongside popular music from around the time of his death, in 1915. The result is that on one mind-blowing album, ambient rock, choro, doo-wop, tango and free-bop rub shoulders with the eponymous rag (which gets the makeover to end all makeovers), all infused with the wit and vibrancy characteristic of this remarkable trio.