Bob Ravenscroft Trio at Taliesin West
The Bob Ravenscroft Trio anchors the new Ravenswave Recording® label, which has emerged as a special, state-of-the-art "audiophile jazz" music company dedicated to capturing the sound of jazz as "lush" and "intimate" as today's rapidly-advancing recording techniques will allow. Most recently Bob Ravenscroft Trio gave birth to a breathtaking new studio album called Three Alone, a two-disc triple-hybrid SACD produced at Bernie Becker Recording & Mastering in Burbank, featuring some great new originals. The album can be played in the pristine Super Audio CD (SACD) format, on surround stereo, and on conventional CD players as well. Ravenswave's first release, The Bob Ravenscroft Trio at Taliesin West, was a labor of love from many standpoints. This intimate evening in the Music Pavilion at Frank Lloyd Wright's famed western enclave, Taliesin West, was recorded in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Jazz fans with DVD players dig the superb audio and video qualities, and the concert really 'comes alive' in the most sophisticated home theaters. Ken Hughes of Keyboard Magazine called it "...the Courvoisier of jazz DVDs." (The album is also available on compact disc.) Like it's recordings, the group's live performances pay homage to the Bob Ravenscroft Trio's contemporary musical roots, which just happen to read like the history of jazz itself. The threesome can deliver inspired renderings of challenging works by jazz greats such as Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, Gary McFarland and Joe Zawinul, or they can take off into sheer exploration on Bob Ravenscroft's impressionistic originals. Ravenscroft's style is sensitive and seasoned, but also far-ranging and free.