“Clairvoyant Avenue” by Threedom...featuring Joe Giglio (Bella Firenze Musica) by Jim Santella
Led by veteran New York guitarist Joe Giglio, Threedom delights in working without a script. Featuring three of the trio’s compositions plus four spontaneous works of free jazz, Clairvoyant Avenue finds musical ideas passed around the room with natural ease. Bassist David Shaich and drummer Tyrone Govan share solo space graciously with Giglio, providing the album with a three-way conversation that comes filled with variety. The guitarist brings a lyrical charm to his work as he swings casually with elegance and grace. Giglio finds opportunities for adventure with just about every path that the trio takes. “X-Tempr-Eyes”, a free jazz piece with strong funk underpinnings, lets the trio turn it loose, as they weave elements of samba and bebop into their experiment. “Can’t Get Startled” (based on the chord changes to “I Can’t Get Started”) reveals Giglio’s heartfelt ballad chops, while several other selections drive with dramatic tension. “Ty’s Rise” features a contemporary look at “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise” with a funk-driven pulse that pushes hard. Threedom offers a welcome combination of free spontaneity and jazz’ firm foundation.