Brian Landrus Trio

The Deep Below

by Justin Cober-Lake

29 June 2015

cover art

Brian Landrus Trio

The Deep Below

US: 16 Jun 2015
UK: Import

If Brian Landrus hadn’t already proven himself to be one of jazz’s preeminent low reed players, he has now with his trio’s The Deep Below. While the more inspired-by than referential cover of “Giant Steps” is a frantic take on the Coltrane classic, the rest of the album reveals Landrus as a patient and melodic artist. Splitting time between Baritone and bass sax, bass clarinet, and bass flute, Landrus takes a confident path through 11 original compositions and three covers, matching instrument to mood. And while his partners keep up (bassist Lonnie Plaxico in particular has some nice moments), it’s a Landrus album. Even so, Landrus’s playing reveals less flash and more focus on tone and structure. The album’s sequencing shows the same attentiveness, with Landrus switching between lead instruments in a way that makes for a sensible progress from start to finish, from the classy opening bari on “Fly” to the deep melancholy of closing clarinet number “Once Again”. Landrus can certainly play, but it’s his full sensibilities that merit attention on The Deep Below.

The Deep Below


We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.

//Mixed media


"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

READ the article