In 2005, an American and two Irishmen met at an artistic retreat in Canada. Out of that fortuitous meeting came this eclectic trio, White Rocket. The aspect of White Rocket that sets them apart is their instrumentation: a tricky amalgam of trumpet, piano and drums. As unwieldy as it sounds, the combination serves them well in their chosen musical genre: a sort of free-form, stream-of-consciousness jazz that focuses less on melody and more on constantly shifting themes laid one after the other.
Certainly the disc's nine originals, all composed by the trio, never run short of ideas. Jacob Wick, the trio's New York-born trumpeter, sails across the top with a clear, unassuming tone, occasionally indulging in a few guttural growls for effect. Pianist Greg Felton, shows some flashes of inspiration while pounding away as the group's harmonic core. Drummer Sean Caprio, like Felton a Dubliner, holds everything down and gets a few interesting breaks along the way using his full kit to pleasing effect. White Rocket's music proves most effective in smaller doses where concepts carry through to succinct conclusions, such as "Hone" and "Lonely Toad."
The longer works often start strong then meander off. "Recent Events" breaks up into pregnant pauses so long they threaten to go into labor. This disc will appeal to the progressive jazz fan but others will be left wishing for just a little bit more direction.