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Posted By: J. Dan Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 01:30 AM
Did this on FB with no intention of posting here, and some folks from here have posted there. But it got such huge response that I thought it would be fun to duplicate here.

Unlike FB, I won't even start it, Best trios, caveat - real trio! Meaning they have to play live as a trio.....not a bunch of studio magic then play as a 5 or 6 piece - a full on legit trio.

On FB we tended towards rock, but jazz, soul, classical, etc all good.
Posted By: Josh Paxton Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 02:40 AM
I'm sure my vote would change from day to day, but right now, having been diggin' on them earlier, I vote for Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Herb Ellis.
Posted By: Adan Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 03:00 AM
Like a lot of folks here, I'm allergic to musical "bests." But among the most notable trios should be Medeski, Martin, and Wood. Three guys who have played together for so long, they're like 3 heads on the same body. Don't listen to them anymore, but for a good few years my brain was saturated with MMW. You wanna say a different trio is better? Fine, I got no problem with that.
Posted By: Six-string-man Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 03:22 AM
Cream. End of discussion!
Posted By: timwat Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 03:58 AM
The Jarrett standards trio.

Rush.

Dirty Loops.

Ben Folds Five.
Posted By: Dave Ferris Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 04:01 AM
I can't say "best" because there are too many variables - like time period and style. Plus simply put, music is not a contest.

But these represent a cross section of just a few of my favorites.

Contemporary and State of the Art - Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJonette.

Classic -- Wynton Kelly or Sonny Clark with Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.

Modern Classic - Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams.
McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman/ Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones.

Timeless - Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian...also with the grossly under rated Chuck Israel and Larry Bunker. The middle to late '60s with Eddie Gomez. And the last Trio with Marc Johnson and Joe Labarbera.
Posted By: stoken6 Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 06:05 AM
In the pop genre: The Police

Cheers, Mike.
Posted By: ashevillecabbie Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 07:58 AM
Originally Posted By: Six-string-man
Cream. End of discussion!


Right on.

Since we're making lists I would add the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
Posted By: Synthoid Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 08:54 AM
Originally Posted By: Adan
Like a lot of folks here, I'm allergic to musical "bests."


Actually, I'm allergic to bests in general... best song, best synth, best restaurant, etc. It's subjective.

It's been said before: if you don't like it, it probably wasn't made for you.

Posted By: jeffinpghpa Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 10:04 AM
In no particular order

Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Moses (Bright Size Life)
Bud Powell, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich
Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Charles Mingus
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Rush
The Police
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Medeski Martin & Wood
Morphine
Ben Folds Five
Keith Jarret Trio
Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes (Now He Sings, Now He Sobs)


I'm also a big fan of 1960s era organ trios when players like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes and others would play with guitarists like Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, etc. There's too many great organ combos to list individually but I have listened to a lot in this genre.

Posted By: Tom Williams Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 10:08 AM
I'd go with Emerson, Lake, and Powell. Possibly KE's last tour where he did all his own playing (versus clandestine sequencing, e.g., Black Moon).
Posted By: Keysguy Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 10:51 AM
Too new to be in the all time category but just this AM saw these guys on YouTube Dirty Loops Top quality musicianship.
Posted By: Moonglow Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 11:37 AM


Carry on...
Posted By: roygBiv Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 12:07 PM
The Beatles
Posted By: davedoerfler Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 12:43 PM
Originally Posted By: Moonglow

Carry on...


I'm with Chris on this one.
Posted By: J. Dan Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 12:54 PM
Originally Posted By: roygBiv
The Beatles
Which one are you going to kick out to make it a trio?
Posted By: theGman Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 12:58 PM
^^^ Dingo Starr?
Posted By: J. Dan Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 01:16 PM
I just find things like this fun because you get to see the diversity of opinions, maybe learn something you didn't know (like, wow THEY were a trio?), and possibly discover things you hadn't heard before.

Following were the responses from Facebook - keeping in mind that not only are people not all keyboard players, but most aren't musicians, and come from a variety of musical tastes....

Ben Folds Five
Blink 182
BTO
Cream
husker du
James Gang
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Kings X!
Motorhead
MUSE
Nat King Cole Trio
Nirvana
Oscar Peterson Trio
Oysterhead (trio supergroup with Stuart Copeland, Trey Anastasio and Les Claypool)
Rush
sublime
The Band Of Gypsys
The Jam
the minutemen
The Police
Triumph
Vanilla Fudge
violent femmes
ZEBRA
ZZ Top
Posted By: o0Ampy0o Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 02:53 PM
Contemporary Blues: Matt Schofield, Evan Jenkins and Jonny Henderson.
Posted By: I-missRichardTee Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 03:32 PM
Buster Williams Al Foster Herbie Hancock

Red Garland Paul Chambers Philly Jo Jones

Cream

Hendrix

Bill Evans in general

Chick Corea trios
Posted By: Mark Zeger Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 04:36 PM
Not yet mentioned:
Sonny Rollins, Wilbur Ware, Elvin Jones
Tony Williams’ Lifetime

Special acknowledgement to our friend Jim Alfredson’s Organissimo
Posted By: moj Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 04:41 PM
Guitar Trio - Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia.
The Three Tenors - Plácido Domingo and José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.
Ahmad Jamal Trio - with Israel Crosby and Vernel Fournier. Classic trio from the 50's
Posted By: area51recording Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 07:02 PM
This one time back in college......their names were Kathy and Amanda, as I recall.....oh wait, that's not what we're talking about, is it?


Never mind.....
Posted By: retrokeys Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 07:45 PM
Jimmy Smith and any two people he wanted to work with.
Posted By: George88 Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 08:28 PM
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Paul Motion
Posted By: Al Coda Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 08:58 PM
Originally Posted By: Mark Zeger
Not yet mentioned:
Sonny Rollins, Wilbur Ware, Elvin Jones
Tony Williams’ Lifetime

Special acknowledgement to our friend Jim Alfredson’s Organissimo


and Jan Hammer, Gene Perla, Elvin Jones ...

A.C.
Posted By: Paul Harrison Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 11:19 PM
Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, Grady Tate - 1965




John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Jack de Johnette - 1974




John Scofield, Larry Goldings, Jack de Johnette - 2006




Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart



Starting at 3:55 is a great performance of Larry's tune "Molto Molto" from a 2015 concert in Italy. Recent albums are billed as "Goldings Bernstein Stewart" ("Live at Smalls" 2011, "Ramshackle Serenade" 2014, "Toy Tunes" 2018). Earlier albums are billed as the Peter Bernstein Trio ("Earth Tones" 1998) or the Larry Goldings Trio ("Moonbird" 1999, "As One" 2001, "Sweet Science" 2002).
Posted By: Tom Williams Re: Best all time Trio - 05/25/19 11:56 PM
Hmm. Whom to put up against Curly and Larry (two excellent musicians, BTW) and Moe?

Got it: Peter Schickele, John Ferrante, and David Oei, doing The Intimate PDQ Bach.
Posted By: I-missRichardTee Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 08:49 AM
Originally Posted By: ashevillecabbie
Originally Posted By: Six-string-man
Cream. End of discussion!


Right on.

Since we're making lists I would add the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.


Lists???

Posted By: Jr. Deluxe Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 09:04 AM
Quatermass of course.
Posted By: Joe Muscara Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 09:11 AM
Me, Myself, and I.

Just kidding. I'm not that good.
Posted By: JimboKeys Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 10:25 AM
Refugee (The Nice with Patrick Moraz replacing Emerson)
Posted By: Bill W Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 11:39 AM
Genesis from 78-92?
Posted By: Keepitsimple Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 11:50 AM
Besides my own trio (sorry i had to do it :P) which is now "no more" due to my relocation, my favorite trio based on my tastes was Aziza Mustafa Zadeh/Dave Weckl/John Patitucci:

Posted By: hurricane hugo Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 07:51 PM
in no order whatsoever, and in keeping with the tenets in the opening post...

Air (Henry Threadgill's band, not the French guys)
Husker Du (1st-gen punk rocker here)
Tangerine Dream
A Tribe Called Red
The Twilight Babies ( a local Detroit band from the early '00s)
Rush
ZZ Top
The Jam


...Ekova and Austra would've been on this list for sure, but they always have/had an extra musician(s) for their live work. Could probably say the same about Dire Straits, Massive Attack, and Portishead, too.
Posted By: Dr88s Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 11:17 PM
Maybe not the "best", but honourable mention to Elton John's early trio with Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson.
Posted By: Steve Nathan Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 11:28 PM
Posted By: Jazz+ Re: Best all time Trio - 05/26/19 11:45 PM
Posted By: Al Quinn Re: Best all time Trio - 05/27/19 01:39 AM
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette
Posted By: KorgyPorky Re: Best all time Trio - 05/27/19 02:15 AM
Can i add Aphrodites child to that?
Vangellis with Demis Rousos most of their lifespan was a trio..
Posted By: Paolo Di Nicolantonio Re: Best all time Trio - 05/27/19 11:50 PM
Erroll Garner
Eddie Calhoun
Denzil Best
(the "Concert by the Sea" lineup)
Posted By: psionic11 Re: Best all time Trio - 05/28/19 12:16 AM
I guess I'm more of direct rock kind of guy.

Rush
ZZ Top
Police
Triumph
ELP
Mercury Frost

I'm sure there are many other greats, esp jazz, it's just I haven't been properly exposed to them. Most singer/guitarist acts fall here, but those are mostly glorified one man shows.

Power trio is my favorite band structure. I'm a bassist/keyboardist who does occasional vocals and other instruments. Three is the magic number for artistic, personality, and functionality balance, provided each brings game without overwhelming ego.

So much room and responsibility...
Posted By: Jonathan Hughes Re: Best all time Trio - 05/28/19 08:13 AM
Mercury Frost?
Posted By: psionic11 Re: Best all time Trio - 05/28/19 10:42 AM
Originally Posted By: Jonathan Hughes
Mercury Frost?


That was my emo/rock trio from 2000-2004, hehe. Didn't think anyone would notice, tossed it in for fun.
Posted By: stoken6 Re: Best all time Trio - 05/28/19 03:12 PM
Originally Posted By: psionic11
That was my emo/rock trio from 2000-2004, hehe. Didn't think anyone would notice, tossed it in for fun.


Reminds me of this - AI-generated (but human-curated) Coachella line-up:

Cheers, Mike.
Posted By: chigson Re: Best all time Trio - 05/28/19 04:13 PM
As they're not mentioned yet - gogo penguin.
Posted By: JoeToGo Re: Best all time Trio - 05/28/19 07:47 PM
Originally Posted By: psionic11
I guess I'm more of direct rock kind of guy.

Rush
ZZ Top
Police
Triumph
ELP
Mercury Frost

I'm sure there are many other greats, esp jazz, it's just I haven't been properly exposed to them.
...


Try these:
- McCoy Tyner - SUPERTRIOS (double album, each half a different piano trio)
- Jimmy Smith (pretty much anything, but especially with Kenny Burrell)
- Sonny Rollins - WAY OUT WEST (sax/bass/drums)
- Thelonious Monk Trio (piano trio)
- Duke Ellington - Piano Reflections (piano trio)
- Mose Allison - BACK COUNTRY SUITE (piano trio) inc. a song made famous by The Who
- Pat Metheny - Pat Metheny Trio Live (electric guitar trio)
- Bill Frisell - EAST/WEST (modern electric guitar trio with effects)
- ProjeKct Two - SPACE GROOVE (avant-garde electronic trio)
Posted By: Werno Re: Best all time Trio - 05/30/19 12:07 AM
Since there doesn't seem to be a keyboard requirement for this thread, and most of my favorite key-centric trios have already been mentioned, here's a trio I'd travel pretty far to see again-


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