Trio X: Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen

The band:

  • Joe McPhee - tenor, soprano saxophones, pocket trumpet,
  • Dominic Duval - bass,
  • Jay Rosen - drums.

Trio X: Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Trio X budgeAs the 1990s drew to a close, bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen came together with like-minded improviser Joe McPhee. The group, whose repertoire is based around classics by Monk, Ornette and even Freddie Hubbard, alongside standards and gospel tunes, is not exactly pushing the envelope, right? Well, not in the case of Trio X. They share an affinity for well known tunes, but refined through distinctly avant garde sensibilities.

McPhee has forged unlikely but rewarding partnerships around the globe, working with everyone from Evan Parker to William Parker. Duval was bassist of choice for Cecil Taylor for much of the last decade, while his frequent cohort Rosen has also stoked the fires of veterans such as Sonny Simmons and Charles Gayle.

Trio X launched at Vision Festival III in 1998, taking its name and inspiration from the the unknown.