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Herbie Hancock's composition Driftin' is one of our favorite standards. It has a fascinating combination of sophistication and funk. The harmony is strong enough to sustain a trio version while retaining the bluesy feel. The original is very much piano driven; the absence of that timbre creates a fresh sound.


from Live at 602, released August 31, 2015
Herbie Hancock, composer; José Encarnación, saxophone; Mark Urness, bass; Dane Richeson, drums.



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MJD trio Appleton, Wisconsin

The MJD trio performs dynamic original jazz compositions and exciting interpretations of jazz standards. Bassist Mark Urness, saxophonist José Encarnación, and drummer Dane Richeson are professors at Lawrence University. They combine their individual virtuosity to create a trio sound that is rooted in jazz tradition with a vision to the future. ... more

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