The Nice Guy Trio Here Comes the Nice Guy Trio
By Jon Regen
Sat, 1 May 2010

Nice_Guy_TrioThe Bay Area’s Nice Guy Trio makes music that defies categorization. Anchored by nimble accordionist Rob Reich, and featuring bassist Daniel Fabricant and trumpeter Darren Johnston, the band stirs a potent pot of originals and jazz staples on its latest release, Here Comes the Nice Guy Trio. With a layered sound that draws from free jazz, Indian music, tango, and a slew of other influences, the trio nimbly navigates through an always-surprising set. Reich’s “The Balancing Act” starts things off, his dexterous accordion lines supported by Johnston’s sympathetic trumpet work. “Apples” adds Sameer Gupta on tablas, opening up the trio’s sound even further for an “east meets west” style summit. And on Ornette Coleman’s free form “Folk Tale,” the band proves that despite their name, they are a lean, mean, improvising machine.

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