Day & Taxi are a Swiss jazz trio that puts out records that avant-jazz fans can give to their friends that might ordinarily be scared off by the likes of Peter Brotzmann or David S. Ware. Gallio's style draws on Ornette Coleman and Marion Brown for his alto playing and Steve Lacy for the straight horn, but he brings a uniquely bittersweet melodious quality to his playing that keeps him far from Copycattown. Like old Thelonious, he doesn't blitz the listener with a barrage of notes when a few well-spaced, well-placed notes will do just fine. Girod's playing is firm, probing and sinuous. Ulrich is a virtual cross between Roy Haynes and Milford Graves: swing and space, freedom and rhythm in one package. Gallio writes real compositions, not merely frameworks for "blowing" - tunes that actually invite you back for 2nd helpings. For those who think the avant garde doesn't swing/groove/have cohesiveness enough, there's Day & Taxi. Five stars, two thumbs, etc.
Artist / Group Name:Day & Taxi
Genre:Free Jazz / Avante Garde
Record Label:Percaso Records
Musicians:C. Gallio (reeds), D. Girod (bass), D. Ulrich (drums)