|The driving and independent two hands of Hilario Duran took us in several exciting musical directions.
For one, Hilario produced a solid soundstream for bassist Occhipinti to outline, emphasize, and solo with.
Also, Hilario easily plays two different rhythms at the same time, so he was able to project two different and simultaneous states of mind.
And drummer Mark Kelso was appropriately fastidious and empathetic in his fine articulations, whether soloing or supporting. Roy Haynes kept springing to mind. Taste.
And as we watched Hilario's face so starkly set in a 'Don Thompson stare' it seemed this Cuban-born musician is master of his passions; but when the trio hit a musical peak, he simply gave in, and closed his eyes.
The trio's playing moved us through the many moods of humour, fantasy, jubilation, parody, and farce. Sometimes all these emotions were evoked in a single piece.
"Encounter in Havana" featured Occhipinti's mellow bass singing; this contrasted with the multiple rhythmic identity of "Perla Marino" and the closely reasoned thoughts of Hilario in the medium tempo "Gaviota".