Axis Trio / Hand, The
Album: Hand, The   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Axis Trio   Added:Jan 2009
Label:Snp Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-03-01 Pull Date: 2009-05-03 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: May 3 Apr 12 Apr 5 Mar 29 Mar 22 Mar 15 Mar 8
Airplays: 1 1 3 3 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 27, 2013: No Cover, No Minimum
The Hand
4. Apr 03, 2009: Memory Select, early edition
Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie, The Hand
2. May 01, 2009: Memory Select
Last Call
5. Mar 31, 2009: Reelin' in the Years Jazz Special
The Hand
3. Apr 09, 2009: Connecting Dots
Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie
6. Mar 28, 2009: Music Casserole
Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-02-22
Piano trio, mostly "nice" stuff with some sense for adventure. Tracks like 1,2,6,7 get kind of out-there, albeit in an accessible way, while the others are a more comforting, rainy-day mode of lyrical piano with nicely stretched-out soloing spaces. Good stuff. (fyi, Tracks 2 and 4 are really nice but take their time developing.)

Interesting side note: The three members have roots in Pakistan, Morocco, and Iran: Amino Belyamani (piano), Sam Minaie (bass), Qasim Naqvi (drums). Knowing that, the group's name takes on a whole extra meaning.

1- Slow crashing; a clattery, disjoint sound but still in the bounds of a jazz piano trio. Lots of quiet pauses.
2- Plinky, snappy, sparse. Nice thumpy groove later.
3- Mid/fast rainy-day piano
4- Pleasant ballad mode, gets into a deeper intensity later
5- Exploratory but gets into a good mid/fast pace, with tentative piano chords over brisk drums.
6- Strong pulsing, mid/fast. Big rumbling end.
7- Blurry piano rolling, and a tough, small beat. Slower, lyrical middle. Louder, nicely stiff ending.
8- Snappy, calm mid/fast, a quietly satisfying groove

Track Listing
1. The Hand   5. Bloodbath
2. Peacekeeper (For Darfur)   6. Tabacs Compliqués: Première Partie
3. Axis Bold   7. Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie
4. Olesong   8. Last Call