The nimblefingered and lightspirited Laura Dubin, a whiz on the ivories, was more than ready, given the work in this CD, for her debut, and Introducing The Laura Dubin Trio establishes the young woman as a formidable presence, a chopsmistress well beyond, say, Liz Story domains, more a Rachel Z level, someone not to be taken lightly. That is to say, there's a good deal of Brubeck and Corea in her, as well as, to my ears, The Nice period Keith Emerson circa Elegy (not the noiseuring of his magnificent take on America but the rest of it). Then consider this: every single song here was written by her. I think the boys clubs may well need to repair to woodsheddin' once again.
The first three cuts are complex but airy, as much populated by heady sonics as surrounded by defined corridors and spaces, and thank the gods she chose trio format with the very capable Sam Weber (bass) and Antonio H. Guerrero (Drums) because an entire uncluttered environment is needed for her thinking and expositions to expand properly. Adding more musicians would only have caged her, Weber and Guerrero providing everything needed in the way of landscaping and atmospherics. The lullaby balladic Mr. Jeremy's Mackintosh, for instance, a tribute to the frog from Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, starts out delicately, reminding one of the intro to the Eagles' Desperado, then waxes in articulation and convolutions before returning to its home ground, a completed cycle.
Every cut in Introducing is solid, more indicative of a road vet with a lot more years and experience than Dubin's own 24 (true! she's only one score 'n four!). New Year's Resolution bops 'n shimmies around the parlor Ginger Rogers-like before becoming Gershwinesque modern classical tinged with plenty of Corea-isms. Taken from the chord work in Coltrane's Resolution (A Love Supreme), it's one of the liveliest numbers in the session, sparkling and interlinear before letting down into another ballad, Atticus, Dubin's tribute to Atticus Finch, the hero of To Kill a Mockingbird. It may be that studying piano since age 6 has imbued those fingers with such dexterities and that mind with so lucid a pallette of possibiities, but I don't think so; rather, I think Laura Dubin is one of those beings born to be a musician and any other choice would've been sheer folly.
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