Diving deep into the classic tradition of the organ trio, DC-based guitarist Shawn Purcell celebrates hard-bop heroes Pat Martino, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, while finding plenty of room for the influence from Scofield, Stern, Bernstein and others. Graced with a stylistically wide-ranging, virtuosic fluidity, Purcell blends effortlessly with B3 giant Pat Bianchi's driving basslines and rich chording, while drummer Jason Tiemann creates an animated, energizing flow, propelling this set of 10 originals, along with Johnny Mandel's classic, "A Time for Love," into the realm of a 'must-have' for those deep into the B3 trio tradition.
Guitarist Shawn Purcell strikes a harmonious balance between impressive guitar work and beautifully crafted compositions on Symmetricity, his first release for Armored Records. Joining Purcell on the date is the dynamic rhythm section of pianist Todd Simon, bassist Regan Brough and drummer Stockton Helbing, along with notable performances by guests, vocalist Darden Purcell and tenor saxophonist Luis Hernandez. With his “take no prisoners” approach to improvisation as well as a finely-honed compositional style that blends straight-ahead jazz with a more modern aesthetic, Purcell is a compelling new voice on the jazz scene. With brilliant performances, and an eclectic program of nine original compositions and one cover, Symmetricity is sure to bring enjoyment to music fans everywhere.