“Simply a with it, happening piano jazz trio, they don’t pander but they play to please. Echoing any or all of your fave straight ahead piano trios of the past, these are all solid players that don’t need to go for pyrotechnics as their quiet fire lights the way well past the usual pas de trios.”
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record
John Ephland over at Downbeat Magazine gives our new album, Staring into the Sun, a really nice 4-star review. Here’s what he says:
“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”
“With their impressive new release, Staring into the Sun, Tri-Fi defies the odds and provides a sound argument that a piano trio can indeed be a “band” in the truest sense of the word. In most cases, albums that are released by musicians marketing themselves as a jazz “band” are merely vehicles to provide a framework for the individual musicians of the “band” to show off their musical prowess and bombard the listener with indulgent solo after indulgent solo. With its fifth album and follow-up to A Tri-Fi Christmas (self- released in 2011), Staring into the Sun firmly establishes this trio as a highly pleasurable and satisfying exception to this rule…”
We will be bringing the music from our new CD to our friends in Denmark in early May 2014. Please join us, or tell your Danish friends so we can all be friends…
We’ll be playing a few shows coming up to celebrate the release of our new album. Look for us in PA and NYC very soon!
Smalls Jazz Club
183 W10th St.
We hope you'll come see us in person, but in case you're geographically challenged and just can't make it to the show you can watch us live online through Smalls website!
7:30-10:00 - Two sets!
Well, we couldn’t be more excited. Our newest recording, Staring into the Sun, is now available here on our website and in iTunes. It will be appearing in other online retailers and stores in the next day or two as well.
Give it a listen and let us know what you think!
An all new CD from TRI-FI is on it’s way!
Scheduled for release worldwide on February 25th, 2014, Staring into the Sun is the 5th album by the trio. It is another set of all-original music and it’s a celebration of the 10 years the trio has been performing, composing and recording together.
Matthew Fries – piano
Phil Palombi – bass
Keith Hall – drums
Special thanks to the Kickstarter supporters who jumped in early to make the music happen!
Back-up combos associated with vocalists have a long tradition of “moonlighting” with a few albums of their own, and that’s the case with a trio that dubs itself Tri-Fi. By day, these guys — Matthew Fries, piano; Phil Palombi, bass; and Keith Hall, drums — are the rhythm section behind rock/pop singer-turned-jazz vocalist Curtis Stigers. By night, they fund genuinely terrific instrumental albums via Kickstarter campaigns; during a quick 20 days in the summer of 2011, they raised the scratch needed to produce A Tri-Fi Christmas (Tri-Fi TR309).
And, in the process, they delivered what is guaranteed to be one of my all-time favorite piano trio holiday albums.
Great news! Our Kickstarter fund-raising campaign for out new CD was successful. Thanks to everyone who participated and supported us. Look for our new album, Staring into the Sun in early 2014!
Check out our collection of 12 holiday classics done up in our own TRI-FI way. The perfect soundtrack for hanging decorations, baking cookies or unwinding with a nice glass of spiked eggnog after a long day of shopping.
Available as CD or high-quality download right here on our website. You won’t find fidelity like this in the iTunes music store.
And did we mention that CDs are the perfect size for slipping into someone’s Christmas stocking? Slap on a bow and you’re all done! Time for more eggnog…
We’ve been hard at work over here at TRI-FI Central Station. We’re working on a brand new album of all original music called “Staring into the Sun.” We recorded back in May and are currently running a Kickstarter drive to raise the funds to finish the project and release it by early 2014 – that will be the 10th anniversary of our first gigs and recordings as a trio. Yowza!
Find out more about the project here: