By Victor L. Schermer

Michael Pedicin: Just the Three of Us
Chris’ Jazz Café, Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2022

AAJ Review - Michael Pedicin: ‘Just The Three Of Us’ At Chris’ Jazz Café

This superb set of mainstream jazz by three accomplished and dedicated musicians: Michael Pedicin on tenor saxophone, Jim Ridl on piano, and Dean Johnson on bass, owes much of its successful execution to the trio format without drums. The absence of drums places more of the rhythmic responsibility on the others, especially the bass, but it also gives each player more ear space to listen and play with greater focus on their craft and art. Utilizing such a format, these fine players created an atmosphere of a music salon in which both musicians and audience were intently focused on the creative process. And the audience was captivated by the musicians’ improvisational skills.

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