Tim Ferguson Inside/Out is a trio with a sound all its own. Ferguson plays bass and he is joined by Rob Henke on trumpet and alto horn and Diane Moser on piano for Hold That Thought!, an album released earlier this month.
The instrumentation of the trio is usual, and their sound is anything but the kind of standard fare of the conventional jazz ensemble.Of the nine pieces on the disc, two are complete improvisations, five are original compositions by members of the trio and a couple the opening number,”Silence”; by Charlie Haden, and the closer,”You”; by Mal Waldron are band favorites. It is an interesting repertoire that has the band playing delicately filigreed ballads interspersed with a bit of swing built on a blues base that wanders between the nocturnal (“A Drink and A Cigarette”) and the wickedly witty (“One For Mal”). The interaction between piano and horn is constantly inventive. The instrumental combination may take some getting used to; it’s original and it works. (This review was originally posted on blogcritics.org and then on seattlepi.com)
by: Jack Goodstein October 25, 2014