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Trifecta features 3 of the contemporary music scene's most lauded and revered musicians - bassist and songwriter Nick Beggs, keyboardist extraordinaire Adam Holzman and completing the line-up, Craig Blundell - one of the world's most celebrated drummers.

Having performed together as part of Steven Wilson's band, the three would jam together after soundchecks, forming what they referred to as "jazz club" and from these sessions the fledgling ideas for Fragments were born, Nick Beggs comments: "after the last tour with Steven finished, we had a handful of tracks ready to work on and as we moved through our various separate projects we agreed to work on Trifecta."

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3.86 | 10 ratings
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 The New Normal by TRIFECTA album cover Studio Album, 2024
3.81 | 7 ratings

The New Normal
Trifecta Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by David_ProgCritique

4 stars Three years after their first record publication ('Fragments') Trifecta is back with 'The New Normal'. From the cover, the graphic codes of the first album are used, ensuring a beautiful coherence to the project: Three rectangular black and white photos of the members of the group on a plain background (changed from red to blue) dotted with a few stains. As a reminder, Trifecta is made up of three big names: Nick Beggs on bass, Craig Blundell on drums and Adam Holzman on keyboards. All three of them together accompanied Steven Wilson on stage for a time. Musically, the group favors short formats, less than 4 minutes (with one exception), based on grooves or Jazz-Rock inspired themes, to put it simply. 'The New Normal' thus offers no less than 19 titles constantly alternating styles and atmospheres in order, I suppose, to avoid boredom. So the album is (to use the metaphor of a famous American film) a bit like a box of chocolates: you find your favorite flavors there, those you like less, and consuming the whole thing at once can be turn out to be a bit nauseating.

The powerful funky groove of "Beck And Call" opens the hostilities in a Jazz-Rock style that smacks of the 70s. An almost danceable track that sets you up for the rest. Piano, double bass and brushes for the interlude "Dot Are You Wooing?" which sounds straight out of a live recording in a smoky Jazz club. "Stroboscopic Fennel" is, for its part, more surprising, since we are facing a kind of slam, but in an old-fashioned way, in the style of The Last Poets, on which Nick Beggs declaims his surrealist poetry. So British! "Just Feel It Karen" turns on a slightly twisted Latin groove, leaving room for some very inspired drum and bass interventions. Return of poetry and surrealism with "Sibling Rivalry" on which two brothers seem to compare their way of playing the Didgeridoo (!), the title then evolving into an ethno-electronica style (I'll let you judge the relevance of this term). We could discuss for hours about the gastronomic usefulness of the decorative salad, the song "Ornamental Lettuce" does not do anything superfluous, and goes straight to the point for a new frenzied Jazz-funk groove. And here is the longest track on the record (4 minutes and 11 seconds!) "Daddy Long Legs" on which Adam Holzman expresses all his talent for building atmospheres, finding sounds and breaks that surprise.

Return of British surrealism via the dialogue "What Are You Doing?" which ends with the word "Kajagoogoo" referring to the famous pop group of the 80s ("Too Shy", 1983) which included in its ranks a certain Nick Beggs , at the time when he wore his hair with firecracker. Did Trifecta attempt to land a pop hit with the clearly announced "Stupid Pop Song"? Not quite, since it's more of a bossa-nova ballad sung very second-rate, as you might have suspected. Return of the groove guided by inspired keyboards on "Crime Spree" and its 80s thriller atmosphere. The unexpected inspiration of JS Bach is very present on the successful "Bach Stabber", while "Kleptocrat" allows you to appreciate a groove more traditional around the drums-bass-piano core.

New song sung and luxury guest participation from Alex Lifeson (Rush) on the simple and effective "Once Around The Sun With You". "Chinese Fire Drill" won't come as much of a surprise since we're starting to know the recipe. Last interlude-sketch "Ouch! My OCD" leaves you perplexed, fortunately the alarm is sounded by "Wake Up Call" to restart the end of the album with its jazzy, airy, precise and powerful bass riff. And it's the bass that keeps the lead for the following track "Wacky Tobaccy" in the purest style of the group. The atmosphere calms down with the sung track "Canary In A Five And Dime" bringing a welcome slight melancholic touch which continues on the final track "On The Spectrum" and its Mike Oldfield-style atmosphere .

There is really something to do with this 'The New Normal' which, despite its title, evolves far from normality, or rather from current music standards. The talent of the three musicians is once again dazzling, and the disc emanates a pleasure from the trio in playing together their own style, anchored in the jazz of the pioneers spiced up with a good dose of British humor.

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 Fragments by TRIFECTA album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.86 | 10 ratings

Trifecta Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

4 stars Project name and the album title both hit the nail right on the head. Released on the acclaimed Kscope label here we have fifteen relatively short and compact samples, or namely fragments, if you will. The band TRIFECTA is consisting of the experienced musicians Adam Holzman (keys), Nick Beggs (bass, vocals) and Craig Blundell (drums). This means here we basically have a groovy jazz fusion super group at work. Regarding the procedure, those fragments took shape while being on tour with the Steven Wilson band, when the trio decided to jam together after several soundchecks. Finally they had a handful of tracks ready to work on, then went to their seperate home studios in order to refine the material. Considering the track titles, and music-wise in the same way, you will detect some references to other wellknown rock bands deriving from the progressive music realm.

The three are offering a lively and playful atmosphere by all means. Pavlov's Dog Killed Schrodinger's Cat features proper vocals, and some drum programming by Russell Holzman. The Enigma Of Mr. Fripp masterfully resembles the special King Crimson appeal. Sometimes Beggs' funky bass rules, exemplarily to notice on Proto Molecule and the following Auntie. I also would like to highlight the sentimental beauty of Dry Martini, or Voyage Of Discovery, somehow reminding me of the Tony Williams Lifetime. This collection definitely showcases a diversified multi-layered approach. Worth it to purchase. Absolutely enjoyable, even when you're taking into account that electric guitars are having a rather minimal role here. Hopefully this album won't be the last sign of life.

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