Axis Trio / Hand, The
Album:Hand, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Axis Trio Added:Jan 2009
Label:Snp Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-03-01 Pull Date:2009-05-03 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 3Apr 12Apr 5Mar 29Mar 22Mar 15Mar 8

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 27, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
The Hand
4.Apr 03, 2009:Memory Select, early edition
Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie, The Hand
2.May 01, 2009:Memory Select
Last Call
5.Mar 31, 2009:Reelin' in the Years Jazz Special
The Hand
3.Apr 09, 2009:Connecting Dots
Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie
6.Mar 28, 2009:Music Casserole
Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-02-22 
Piano trio, mostly "nice" stuff with some sense for adventure. Tracks like 1,2,6,7 get kind of out-there, albeit in an accessible way, while the others are a more comforting, rainy-day mode of lyrical piano with nicely stretched-out soloing spaces. Good stuff. (fyi, Tracks 2 and 4 are really nice but take their time developing.)

Interesting side note: The three members have roots in Pakistan, Morocco, and Iran: Amino Belyamani (piano), Sam Minaie (bass), Qasim Naqvi (drums). Knowing that, the group's name takes on a whole extra meaning.

1- Slow crashing; a clattery, disjoint sound but still in the bounds of a jazz piano trio. Lots of quiet pauses.
2- Plinky, snappy, sparse. Nice thumpy groove later.
3- Mid/fast rainy-day piano
4- Pleasant ballad mode, gets into a deeper intensity later
5- Exploratory but gets into a good mid/fast pace, with tentative piano chords over brisk drums.
6- Strong pulsing, mid/fast. Big rumbling end.
7- Blurry piano rolling, and a tough, small beat. Slower, lyrical middle. Louder, nicely stiff ending.
8- Snappy, calm mid/fast, a quietly satisfying groove

Track Listing
1.The Hand 5.Bloodbath
2.Peacekeeper (For Darfur) 6.Tabacs Compliqués: Première Partie
3.Axis Bold 7.Tabacs Compliqués: Deuxième Partie
4.Olesong 8.Last Call