Experimental & Avant-Garde

The Lost Trio

When: Sun., Jan. 10, 2 p.m. 2010

Oakland's Lost Trio arranges the songs of popular artists such as PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and Beck as 21st-century jazz standards, augmenting their repertoire of traditional standards by Thelonious Monk and Steve Lacy, music by Italian film composer Nino Rota (The Godfather, ), and original compositions. Working overtime, Dan Seamans' massive bass handles most of the instrumental voices in the trio's repertoire of cover versions. He augments his important rhythmic and harmonic role with dynamic solos. Tom Hassett's sensitive, swinging drumming perfectly complements this powerful bass playing. On songs like Juana Molina's "MisterioUruguayo," Phillip Greenlief plays his tenor sax with both quiet strength and soaring lyricism, perfectly stepping in for the original vocals. The Lost Trio inaugurates its 16th year of existence with an afternoon set at Café Royale (800 Post St., San Francisco) on Sunday, Jan. 10. 2 p.m., free. CafeRoyale-SF.com

Jacob Felix Heule

Price: free

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