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Ron Carter's 'Stryker Trio' plays Halloween show at Piccadilly's new Rah Rah Room / LondonJazz review

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The pre-eminent American bassist, Ron Carter, and his Stryker Trio held forth at the newly-opened Rah Rah Room in Piccadilly on Halloween night. A rapt audience witnessed a one-hour set of stunning chamber jazz. Nicaraguan-born  pianist, Donald Vega, and guitarist, Russell Malone (longtime associate of Diana Krall) rose to the occasion admirably with their balanced artistry as soloists and "ensemblists" alike, negotiating through the leader's refreshing arrangements of jazz and Broadway standards with faultless aplomb. 

The well-knit Stryker Trio demonstrated a completely egalitarian approach to sharing the workload with not a sniff of a leading figure or dominating force amongst them. Each of the six pieces performed highlighted one of the members playing the melody and soloing although they were not limited to just one soloist.    PHOTO - Paul Wood

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