MUSIC: “Ben Macy Trio”

From Willamette Week, 11/28/07:

When he’s not playing with friends like Leigh Marble, pianist Ben Macy is at the helm of his own jazz ensemble. Tonight at Tony Starlight’s, the group releases its new EP, Hurdles, a collection of five songs recorded both in Macy’s living room and the West Hills Friends Church. The tune “Deep Thoughts of Percy Johnson” may conjure up the ruminations of Saturday night boob-tube philosopher Jack Handey, but that’s probably a good thing. And though there’s a conspicuous absence of percussion, the effect highlights Macy’s graceful melodic touch on the piano and keeps both James Gregg’s slithery muted trumpet and Arick Gouwerok’s subtle bass in a careful and calculated balance. Playing Thursday, Nov. 29, at Tony Starlight’s.


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