As the 1990s drew to a close, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. A number of Trio X recordings, have since been released on the CIMP and CADENCE JAZZ RECORDS labels.
They are firmly of the American post-Impulse! free jazz continuum, and they make no concession to anything much outside it...
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Since 2001, with Joe McPhee's participation as a frequent guest, The Thing’s repertoire has included numerous free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe, Ornette Coleman and Norman Howard, among others.
The band's rugged approach balances a prevalent degree of experimentation with familiar modern jazz terrain.
This trio presents its own definition of contemporary freely improvised jazz: muscular, passionate, raw and intense music created on the spot...