TRI-FI Jazz Trio

“More important than the individual selections is the general sound of the trio and their telepathic interplay. Tri-Fi has succeeded at both developing its own musical personality and creating music that can only come from a group of like-minded musicians.”

- Scott Yanow, Author

Staring into the Sun

Staring into the Sun

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Release Date: February 25th, 2014
starstarstarstar – Downbeat Magazine

Marking 10 years of performing, composing and recording together, this fifth album by TRI-FI is another set of all-original music. We think you will hear an honesty and maturity in the trio’s playing (it has been 10 years!), and the joy in the music is clearly TRI-FI through and through. We hope you’ll give it a listen!

Matthew Fries – piano
Phil Palombi – bass
Keith Hall– drums

Music On This Album

Open Water
Circle Dance
The Night Watch
Staring Into the Sun
Song for Butterfly
Josie Bebop


This recording was made possible by the enthusiastic support of our fans who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign.

Album Reviews

"The entire album... is as good an example of trio communication as one can find in the modern piano trio canon...."

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Jazz Society of Oregon | George Fendel |

"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...."

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"Here’s some red meat for fans of the piano trio... the lyricism of Bill Evans with the joyful bounce of Gene Harris. All of the material here is organically grown and produced, and covers the waterfront of dynamics and moods... Check these guys out, you won’t be disappointed...."

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Bop-N-Jazz (Critical Jazz) | Brent Black |

"Tri-Fi is a true piano trio that works as a harmonic collective by manipulating the harmonics often associated with some of the great European pianists recording for such labels as ECM and Neuklang while capturing the soulful swing of an Ahmad Jamal. The perfect storm...."

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Downbeat Magazine | John Ephland

"★★★★ Tri-Fi's newest collection of originals is the best example yet of their intimate group interplay... 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..."

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All About Jazz | Jeffrey Uhrich |

"Staring into the Sun is a shining example of how a piano trio can indeed create and perform as a “band.” There is an energetic unity and balance throughout the disc, as the musicians communicate musically as equals, allowing one another to shine as individuals while maintaining the integrity of the music as a cohesive and singular artistic expression..."

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Jersey Jazz Journal

"A piano trio is one of the mainstays of the jazz tradition, and these cats are a fine example of the fun that such a combination can create...."

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The Birmingham Times | Esther Callens |

"Their latest, Staring into the Sun is a remarkable recording of some very great compositions...."

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Midwest Record Volume 38/Number 92 | Chris Spector |

"Simply a with it, happening piano jazz trio, they don’t pander but they play to please... Tasty to the point of savory, this is where your ears want to be at the end of a long, noisy day. Solid stuff throughout...."

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