“Call it a relaxed yet fervent approach to express joy, wonder, surprise. The kind of qualities jazz lovers look for anytime they’re hungry for connection.”
- John Ephland, Downbeat Magazine
Jazz Society of Oregon: Staring into the Sun
"Tri-Fi is a standard, no gimmicks, no electricity, no extraneous throw-ins piano trio with a whole lot to say in 10 varied original compositions... Others try. These guys communicate."
One of the delights in writing jazz reviews is the constant exposure to creative and talented musicians. Sure, there’s a lot of “so-so’s” that cross my path. But let me tell ya, it’s always a treat to find that surprise! Tri-Fi is a standard, no gimmicks, no electricity, no extraneous throw-ins piano trio with a whole lot to say in 10 varied original compositions. This threesome has worked together for years, and it shows as each has contributed compositions for the disc. Two of the players, Matthew Fries, piano, and Keith Hall, drums, are new to me. Bassist Phil Palombi is well-remembered from a fairly recent sessions with the brilliant pianist Don Friedman. I would describe their music as serious, fresh and contemporary, yet there’s a strong adherence to a time-honored piano trio tradition. Others try. These guys communicate. And while we’re at it, hip yourself to Fries’ supple and serene touch. Someone like Tommy Flanagan would have this trio an enthusiastic thumbs up!