The 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.