Reviewed by Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine
Available on Corner Store Jazz Records
Drummer & Composer Phil Haynes extend the tradition of the collaborative jazz trio with David Liebman and Drew Gress, presenting Double CD Set of Live material.
With his No Fast Food trio, the drummer, composer and new jazz mainstay Phil Haynes – along with the iconic tenor and soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman and the perennially in-demand bassist Drew Gress – has shaped a fluid unit that can confidently take its place alongside the celebrated combos which provided the very inspiration for the band, including the legendary Elvin Jones trio with Joe Farrell and Jimmy Garrison.
Eloquent and Sublime, No Fast Food In Concert is a masterpiece of Modern Jazz and Avant Experimentation in breathtaking ambience. On In Concert, recorded at New York State and Pennsylvania performances in 2012, No Fast Food – an outfit comprised of veteran musicians who unite experience with imperishable vitality – announces itself as one of the premier new jazz bands of the day.
As its name implies, No Fast Food is not in the business of providing only instant gratification, but rather the musical riches that come from a considered listening to the band, repaying any effort in full. Stressing intimate communication and the opportunity to creatively fill space or to keep it tantalizingly open, No Fast Food react with jaguar-like agility, each member responding to the other with live-wire resourcefulness.
No Fast Food is a logical outgrowth of Haynes’s extensive experience in trio contexts, including his celebrated work with the maverick trumpeter Paul Smoker.
The Artist has been quoted in interview, “The meaningful conversations that occur as three streams of information come together – that’s the magic of trios,” Haynes says. "There’s both this amazing individual clarity that can be achieved, as well as an equality of ensemble counterpoint. I wrote the music for this project for these particular players, yet when things work best, as they do on this recording; the sum of the whole is greater than the parts. If I do my job as a leader, No Fast Food will always sound like a collective.” Haynes continued to say, “You honor the masters by taking the music forward. With No Fast Food we’re looking for freshness. It’s not about fitting into a specific genre. We swing, we play open; we love composition and we love taking it apart and moving it all to a different space.”