Tenor Triage, Rockwood 3, May 4, 2017

by Michael Eaton



Tenor Triage is an ensemble that weds the classic three tenor format with free jazz, open form playing, and contemporary modes of expression.

I first played with Calvin, Sean, and James as part of Adam Minkoff's and my rendering of John Coltrane's "Ascension" in 2015. After recording the next year with Sean and James on my second album for Destiny Records, I wanted to converge the chemistry of the three horns with a harmolodic rhythm section of Bern Nix and Calvin Weston, two master improvisers who played in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band. As a long time fan of Ornette Coleman's music, the gig it seemed like an ideal opportunity to dig into a few Ornette related tunes. I had been playing with Bern Nix in Cheryl Pyle's free improvised Beyond Group for two to three years prior, and I was curious what his voice might sound like interacting with more conventional jazz orchestration. Brad Whiteley rounded out the group on organ. This was the first gig of the group, right before the untimely passing of Bern Nix shortly thereafter.

This recording is an iPhone capture and is presented as is, in lo fi. Thanks to Brad Whiteley for recording the gig.


released October 15, 2017

Michael Eaton, James Brandon Lewis, Sean Sonderegger - tenor saxophones
Brad Whiteley - organ
Bern Nix - guitar
Calvin Weston - drums




Michael Eaton New York, New York

Michael Eaton (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn-based saxophonst, composer, and educator. As a saxophonist and improvising artist. He embaces a progressive and holistic vision of jazz, cognizant of its rich historical origins and development, but evoking a personal outlook with an eye towards future possibilities. ... more

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