With a nod to trust games from his youth, Montreal drummer Jim Doxas presents a tightly knit trio, and explores the theme of trust on which his 2014 release, "Blind Leap" (Addo Records) is based. We meet the band in studio, and overlooking the city of Montreal, as they demonstrate a degree of trust reserved for the closest of relationships.
Bassist Morgan Moore explains the band's highly interactive approach to making music. According to Moore, rather than laying down a smooth and unbroken surface for the soloist, the trio nimbly reacts to to the music with freedom and ease, making the improvisations a collective act. "The more trust you have in somebody, the freer you can be", says Moore.
This intensely present approach to collaboration sets up a volatile and fun dynamic. Each interjection spurs on fellow musicians in a constant, unpredictable unraveling of texture and form. "If you're trusting each other, you can recover. Recovery becomes part of the sound of the music", says pianist Paul Shrofel. "You can fall flat on your face any time Shrofel continues, "and so... we have to trust each other".
"Improvising isn't just one person, it's alive, and it moves and it grows", explains Doxas. "It doesn't always work out, but when it does... the feeling is really great."
Jim Doxas - Drums
Paul Shrofel - Piano
Morgan Moore - Bass
Audio recording by George Doxas
Recorded at Boutique de Son, Montreal, September 2014
Audio mix by Randy Cole
Filmed and edited by Randy Cole