The debut recording of the Trachy/Lacy Collective is cause for celebration. 'Lanky' is a beautiful interweaving of musical sensibilities and personalities, a richly textured recording by an ensemble that balances spontaneity with precision, open improvisation with carefully crafted compositions. Indeed, these young musicians are mature beyond their years, having assimilated a wide variety of musical styles into the pieces that they present here. By turns, thoughtful, fiery, laid-back and swinging or open and exploratory, 'Lanky' covers a wide range of emotions and styles. The music twists and turns, in a way that is unhurried and organic. A tune might begin as a swing tune, develop into a free improvisation with an afro-caribbean influence, and finish up with a traditional Art Blakey style shuffle chorus. 'Lanky' is the work of players who have studied and absorbed the jazz tradition and who now are creating their own personal take on it. The tone of the record, while compelling, is marked by a sense of restraint and patience. There is a great deal of sensitivity among these players, who complement each other with subtle dexterity and poise. The music presented here is truly a collective, in which each of the four individuals get to stretch out and make significant contributions to the recording. The band, however, is spearheaded by it's saxist Seth Trachy and drummer Evan Russell Lacy who together share the composing duties for this recording. The compositions are subtle and unpredictable, thoughtful explorations of an open palette of modern jazz sounds: from the changing meters of Trachy's 'Bend' to Lacy's poignant ballad 'Guten Tag' that closes the set. Lacy is a spare and economical drummer, whose consistent swinging approach drives the band through the music. He is a selfless player, who continually puts his playing at the service of the musical direction of each composition, a strong voice on the drums who never let's technique or bombast overwhelm the subtle balance of the music. Trachy an excellent tenor player who, in an unhurried way, subtly explores the material here. He seems to measure each note, creating solos of delicate majesty and stunning emotional power. 'Lanky' is the more than the sum of it's impressive parts. It is a gorgeous recoding that will reward repeated listening. With the future of jazz in the hands of these talented young players, it's sure to be a bright one. Saxophonist/composer Seth Trachy was raised on a farm in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and spent his childhood exploring the Appalachian wilderness and absorbing the soulful sounds of his father's record collection, including artists such as Ray Charles and Percy Sledge. Attending high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Trachy helped form the group Quantum, which received recognition in the Downbeat student music awards, performed at festivals such as Arts Ignite Festival (Winston-Salem). At the Banff International Jazz Workshop, Quantum performed with guest artist Dave Douglas and recorded with Kenny Werner. Trachy relocated to New Jersey in 2000 to study on full scholarship at William Patterson University for two years before completing his studies at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. In 2005, Trachy was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop as well as the Ravinia Jazz Festival. He has studied with Miguel Zenon, George Garzone, Armen Donelian, Joe Lovano, and Eddie Saulkin. In addition to studying jazz, Trachy has studied Indian classic music at the Ustad Alik Akbar Khan School of Music in San Rafael, California. Noteworthy performances include the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (2005), the Ravinia Jazz Festival (2005), the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (2005), and at New York jazz clubs such as the Knitting Factory and Sweet Rhythm. A native of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Russell Lacy started playing percussion when he was nine years old and began learning drum set at age eleven. In high school, Lacy studied classical percussion under the noted percussionist and composer Christopher Deane; he completed high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he majored in classical percussion but developed his long-standing interested in jazz. Lacy continued his studies at North Carolina Central University, graduating with a concentration in jazz studies. Upon graduation, he spent two years as a professional musician, performing with Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Eric Reed, Delfayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Pete McCann, and Gregory Tardy and as a founding member of the John Brown Quintet. During this period, Lacy also studied with Joe Morrello, Billy Hart, John Riley, and Jeff "Tain" Watts and was selected to participate in the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts Jazz Improvisation Workshop (2002) as well as the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop (2006). In 2006, Lacy relocated to New York City to pursue a master's degree at Queens College, dedicating himself to the study of jazz, Afro-Cuban music with Vince Cherico, and composition and arranging with Michael Phillip Mossman. Since moving to New York, Lacy has shared the stage with John Hart, John Bailey, Frank Kimbrough, Steve Cardenas, Bobby Porcelli, and David Berkman as well as joining the Michael Blake Band. He also teaches on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.