Unit 1 Review – JazzTimes

markegan3Unit 1 has been described as a “jazz-funk power trio,” but it has a certain refinement that precludes bombast or overplaying, thanks to an acute rapport and the refreshingly original arrangements of well-known tunes on this live recording. Guitarist John Hart, an infrequent leader but sideman extraordinaire, gets a chance to shine and makes the most of it, and bassist Mark Egan and drummer Karl Latham more than hold their own, making for a well-balanced and always interactive musical flow. These three musicians’ past credits are impressively wide-ranging, from the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jack McDuff and James Moody (Hart), to Pat Metheny, Sting, and Gil Evans (Egan), and Johannes Mossinger, Joe Lovano, and Johnny Winter (Latham). The striking music comes from three 2008 performances at the club Bula in Newton, NJ, but has only recently been released on Egan’s Wavetone label. Unit 1 should appeal to fans of jazz, funk, blues, and fusion alike.

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