The traditional jazz trio format—piano, bass, and drums—is unique in the musical universe. In the sparseness of this context, each instrument has the room to breathe and express, a stark nakedness which contrasts today’s typically over-produced music. At the same time, it is vitally important to be intuitively interconnected, to fly in formation, to ebb and flow together, and demonstrate mutuality and musical encouragement—for all three pieces must still express the same improvised thought.
Playing in a trio is like dancing on a tightrope. You can fall off at any time, but there is an exhilaration walking so high from the ground.
ML3 is a working experiment of sorts—to take the jazz trio format and interpret lyrically-based music with it. This music can be characterized as “jazz-tinged, piano-driven rock.” And although I often play as a soloist, this is the format that I typically use when I play with my band. And it’s the most fun too. I am privileged and honored to be able to play with Chad Jackson (drums) and Matt Sawhill (basses).
ML3 has three different song lists, depending on the venue.
Originals Song List: This song list covers material from my four released solo albums, which can be accessed through Apple iTunes or on this website.
Jazz Song List: Mostly jazz standards and jazzy interpretations of pop tunes. From John Mayer to Stevie Wonder, from Sting to Norah Jones to Miles Davis.
Worship Song List: Chad, Matt, and I lead worship at our respective churches, and we have a passion for leading others into sacred experiences through music. This allows us to play conferences, retreats, and other church events as well.
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