Simon Nabatov | Max Johnson | Michael Sarin
While Nabatov and Sarin met over 30 years ago (as participants of the famous Banff Jazz Workshop), the Johnson-Nabatov connection clocks at 3 years tops. Fortunately, this is hardly a primary factor in jazz and improvised music – often some of the finer moments result from spontaneous sessions or concerts. This is certainly true of this recording, made in NYC one day after the trio premiered in Brooklyn’s venerable venue, IBeam. In spite of being freely improvised, the five pieces demonstrate a high level of cohesive thinking as a collective, the proposed ideas propagating and forms unfolding in convincingly natural fashion.